Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
3 minute read
30 Jun 2020
6:33 pm

School gets evicted over unpaid rent, accuses landlord of racism

Bernadette Wicks

The landlord of Vine Christian College has in the past welded the school's gates shut and cut their electricity, while also allegedly calling black parents and visitors “monkeys” and “baboons”.


Rising tensions between a landlord and a private Johannesburg college boiled over in court this week, when the former tried to kick the latter out over unpaid rent. The relationship between Vine Christian College and Brandon Zackey, of Zackey Investment Properties, turned sour in September last year when the independently run school started falling behind on its rent.  But the feud reached new heights this year, when Zackey welded the gates shut and cut the power. In May, ahead of the phased reopening of schools following the Covid-19-induced forced closure in March, principal Thembisa Baleni secured an urgent court order...