Moot court winners off to nationals

Tremaine van Aardt

TWO pupils from Solomon Mahlangu High School in KwaNobuhle will be flying their school’s flag at the third National Schools Moot Court competition in Pretoria next month.

Having won the provincial leg of the competition, hosted in the East London High Court in March, Grade 11 pupils Athule Koni, 16, and Thembela Hamse, 22, are confident they stand a good chance of reaching the finals.

And principal Mncedi Mtengwana agrees.

“We [Solomon Mahlangu] don’t even have a school building. We are being housed in the VM Kwinana building while our school is being renovated. But despite their humble backgrounds these two pupils competed and won against the biggest schools in the province,” Mtengwana said.

Thembela said the entire competition was based on a case in which a Grade 10 pupil was dismissed from her Free State school because she was pregnant. The pupil was readmitted because of the school governing body policy which states that “pupils should exercise full responsibility for parenting and that a period of two years is necessary for this purpose”.

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