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On Tuesday the 18th of January, the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled that the 2021 matric results be broadcasted via media outlets. The procedure will take place this week once results have been released, as had been the case in prior years. This comes after the North Gauteng High Court heard an urgent application by AfriForum, a civil rights organization, contesting the Department of Basic Education’s recent decision not to release the 2021 matric results to the media.

Anlé Spies, who completed his matriculation last year at a school in Waverley, Pretoria, AfriForum, and Maroela Media, only spent about 10 minutes in court, as the minister stated over the weekend that the department will comply by the court’s decision.

Although there was little argument provided, AfriForum’s lawyer, Advocate Quintus Pelser SC, stated that the application “panned out pretty satisfactorily as the minister did come to the party.” It’s in the public interest for this information to be disseminated on public platforms. Natasha Venter, AfriForum’s education rights manager, said, “We are thrilled that the court agreed with us in this issue.”

The department cited the Protection of Personal Information Act (Popia), the constitutional right to privacy, and acting in the best interests of the learner as reasons for not publishing the matric results. The government also asked those who are waiting for their results to register on its website so that they can access them when they are released later this week.

According to Judge Anthony Millar, all of the parties have operated in good faith. He stated that this matter is in the public interest and that he wishes that more parties would operate in a non-litigious manner in such circumstances.

By: Palesa Maneli

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