The Department of Basic Education says that bar a “few hiccups”, the nationwide schools feeding scheme is up and running. But teachers, parents and learners have told civil society organisations this is not the case.

Director-General Mathanzima Mweli said there is no need for court intervention and Minister Angie Motshekga never backtracked on a promise to reinstate the National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP), which feeds about 9.6 million children, irrespective of whether or not they are back at school.