Case Law Handbook on Education


Case Law Handbook on Education unlocks twenty-five key cases that have helped shaped education in South Africa today.  The editor of this accessible yet authoritative work has chosen these cases to cover the widest possible range of education matters.  The publication also includes unreported cases in which sound principles have been established.

Each case in this publication is discussed in clear terms along with an outline of the practical implications of the finding made.  Readers will find this work to be an indispensable guide to a better understanding of the complex legal concepts and principles that impact education in South Africa, and it is our hope that this will contribute to the body of knowledge and to quality education for all.

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Author: Jaco DeaconJuane van der MerwePaul ColditzSuzaan Mellet


  • Case Law
    • Centre for Child Law and Others v Minister of Basic Education and Others 2013 (3) SA 183 (ECG)
    • Christian Education South Africa v Minister of Education 2000 (4) SA 757 (CC)
    • Christians v Dale College Boys’ Primary School and Others [2012] 2 All SA 224 (ECG)
    • Destinata Skool en ’n Ander v Die Departementshoof: Departement van Onderwys Gauteng (unreported, case no 23675/03)
    • Die Ferdinand Postma Hoërskool v Die Stadsraad van Potchefstroom en Andere [1999] 3 All SA 623 (T)
    • Fish Hoek Primary School v GW 2010 (2) SA 141 (SCA)
    • Minister of Education, Western Cape, and Others v Governing Body, Mikro Primary School, and Another 2006 (1) SA 1 (SCA)
    • Hawekwa Youth Camp and Another v Byrne 2010 (6) SA 83 (SCA)
    • Head of Department, Mpumalanga Department of Education and Another v Hoërskool Ermelo and Another 2010 (2) SA 415 (CC)
    • Jacobs v Chairman, Governing Body, Rhodes High School, and Others 2011 (1) SA 160 (WCC)
    • Governing Body of the Juma Musjid Primary School and Others v Essay NO and Others 2011 (8) BCLR 761 (CC)
    • Kimberley Junior School and Another v Head, Northern Cape Education Department and Others 2010 (1) SA 217 (SCA)
    • Laerskool Middelburg en ’n ander v Departementshoof, Mpumalanga Departement van Onderwys, en Andere 2003 (4) SA 160 (T)
    • Le Roux and Others v Dey (Freedom of Expression Institute and Restorative Justice Centre as Amici Curiae) 2011 (3) SA 274 (CC)
    • MEC for Education, Gauteng Province, and Others v Governing Body, Rivonia Primary School and Others 2013 (6) SA 582 (CC)
    • MEC for Education, Kwazulu-Natal, and Others v Pillay 2008 (1) SA 474 (CC)
    • MEC for Education, Western Cape Province v Strauss 2008 (2) SA 366 (SCA)
    • Minister of Basic Education v Basic Education for All [2016] 1 All SA 369 (SCA)
    • Western Cape Residents’ Association on behalf of Williams and Another v Parow High School 2006 (3) SA 542 (C)
    • Member of the Executive Council, Eastern Cape Province and Others v Queenstown Girls’ High School (1041/07) [2007] ZAECHC 100 (21 November 2007)
    • Schoonbee and Others v MEC for Education, Mpumalanga and Another 2002 (4) SA 877 (T)
    • Section 27 and Others v Minister of Basic Education and Another 2013 (2) SA 40 (GNP)
    • Tshona v Principal, Victoria Girls’ High School, and Others 2007 (5) SA 66 (E)
    • Head of Department, Department of Education, Free State Province v Welkom High School and Others 2014 (2) SA 228 (CC)
    • Western Cape Forum for Intellectual Disability v Government of the Republic of South Africa and Another 2011 (5) SA 87 (WCC)
  • Index

Interest / Benefit to

  • School management, Education faculties and law faculties offering education law as a course


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