Case against Matric exam rewrites postponed

Johannesburg – The Matric rewrite will be considered in court on Thursday after a postponement on Wednesday morning.

The Basic Education department defended its decision to ask matriculants to rewrite the two leaked exam papers.

Organisations such as Afriforum, are against the decision, claiming that it’s not justified but the Department is adamant the rewrites are necessary for protecting the integrity of the National Senior Certificate.

One person has been arrested for links to the leaked papers. The Department has not yet filed a defending affidavit and the matter has been moved on Thursday.

Basic Education Department spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga, the reason the department has not submitted the affidavit is that they have been dealing with multiple cases.

“Every time when you want to finalise <a> case, you receive legal documents from another group or organisation,” he said.

“All of these are being dealt with by the same team.” According to Mhlanga, the department was only aware of Sadtu’s plan and not those of the other organisations.

Minister Angie Motshega is sticking to her decision, saying she can’t see any room for compromise and the rewrite must go ahead. She says the rewrite is necessary because most provinces were affected.

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