As desks, chairs and other furniture was seen being removed from two Transnet-owned buildings in Central yesterday, independent school Ed-U-College returned to the Port Elizabeth High Court in a further bid to fight its eviction.
The furniture lined the streets outside Paynes Building, from which Ed-U-College has been operating since 1996, and the Harbour Board Building, where it has taught since 2008.
This follows the dismissal of two court applications by the school to fight an eviction order granted by the court in August last year.
But yesterday the school returned to court in a bid to stop its eviction again, this time pending its petition to the Supreme Court of Appeal. The matter was argued and judgment was reserved.
Transnet’s attorney, Craig de Lange, yesterday confirmed that the sheriff of the court had now been instructed to halt the eviction, pending the court’s decision. The school was to have vacated the two buildings by December 15, but approached the court for a stay of the eviction order on the day it was to have moved out.
Following the dismissal of that application by high court Judge Elna Revelas, Ed-U-College then applied for leave to appeal, which was again dismissed earlier this week.
It is still unclear where its about 2 000 pupils will be accommodated when school starts on Monday.
In court papers, Ed-U-College said it had found alternative premises in St George’s Park but they required extensive renovations and would only be ready by the end of April.
Transnet first attempted to evict the school in 2010.
While Transnet said it had given the school opportunities to find alternative premises, the school argued that it was difficult to find premises that suited its specific needs.
– Lee-Anne Butler