In a significant victory for KZN Equal Education members, buses and taxis were delivered to 12 schools in Nquthu in KZN on 10 April 2018. This follows a court order in the Pietermaritzberg High Court last year, after a challenge was brought by Equal Education against the inadequate transport provisoning in Nquthu and the province.
Significantly, the court order required the KZN Department of Education to provide scholar transport to leaners in 12 schools, and to report on broader issues relating to scholar transport provisioning in the province - including the status of the provincial learner transport policy and cooperative governance. The KZN Education MEC filed a report with the court, which EE and the EELC are currently analysing. The EELC is emboldened by this victory, which demonstrates the power of mass social movements to hold the state accountable to its commitments and to court orders. A short film covering the victory of the learners is available below.