The City of Cape Town say they are currently in discussion with an Islamic school after its students and parents took to the street to protest against its closure, this past weekend.
Members of Madrassatut Ta’liyah Hafith School in Grassy Park, have less than six months to look for another premises to teach their students, after being told that their lease agreement would not be renewed (“Two-decade-old madrassa faces closure by the City of Calook lpe Town”, 24 February, Deen Times)
Mayor Dan Plato told Deen Times, that Madrasatut Ta’Liyah had a three-year lease that expired on 31 January 2019.
“The lease clearly states that if the lessee was in breach in the initial lease period, a renewal will not be considered. The lease condition stipulated that the asset be used for institutional and social care purposes only,” he explained.
“However, the lessee has been using the premises for student accommodation, which is in breach of the lease condition. In light of this, the City is in discussions with the school.”
An updated article will be published soon. Aishah Cassiem (Deen Times)