THE Legal Resources Centre (LRC) and more than 20 Eastern Cape teachers have a reason to celebrate after the Education Department finally paid the teachers' salaries.
Some of the 20-plus teachers had worked the entire year without pay, with terrible financial consequences. Some described how they could not afford to pay for their own transport to their schools.
Last week, the department complied with a court order compelling it to pay the salaries.
The LRC, which represented the teachers, said they were the tip of the iceberg and that hundreds of others had also not received their salaries despite having formal letters of appointment.
The aspect of the case dealing with the payment of other unknown teachers will only be argued in October.
"... the LRC will continue to demand that all teachers are paid so that they remain in classrooms and children can enjoy their right to education," the LRC said.