The Rivonia Primary Case, which saw the Constitutional Court rule that government, through the Basic Education Department, has the final say in determining class sizes in government schools, is a story of nuance.
Several issues are at play - from government's duty to provide services to poorer people, how the middle classes educate children, to who has the authority over government buildings that are run by governing bodies through to the legal complexities of ensuring quality education for the highest number of children.
Somewhere in this tangled mess is the impact of the ruling on social cohesion; on how much time we spend with people different from ourselves, and whether our children will understand diversity.
(Conflict alert: Grootes has two children. Neither of them at school yet. But he and his wife discuss this issue on a daily basis. With anyone who has a view.)
I've always found that discussions around children have a certain heat that other conversations do not have. It starts when you first mention you (as a couple) are pregnant. Inevitably, within a couple of a minutes, someone will ask your female partner if you're going to have a Caesar or a natural...