The Western Cape High Court has granted a final interdict against taxi association Codeta preventing it from interfering with the transportation of learners in the province.

MEC David Maynier has deemed this as a victory for the children of Khayelitsha – who’ve had to endure an illegal blockade, which resulted in them not being able to attend school.

During the blockade, Codeta members prevented scholar transport operators from ferrying pupils to and from schools in the township.

Education authorities say over 5 100 learners missed school at the height of the blockade in February.

The disruptions took place because local taxi drivers want scholar transport contracts from the WCED.

“The Court has sent a strong message to the minibus taxi mafia: there is no excuse for violating the constitutional rights of our children, or for putting parents in the terrible position of having to choose between their children’s education and keeping them safe at home”, said Maynier.