With just two years left before Nokuthemba Sikhakhane finishes school, there is little chance she will ever enjoy a 15-minute journey to school — unless a court intervenes.

Right now, it takes the grade 10 pupil at Ngwane High School in Vumankala village in Nquthu, northern KwaZulu-Natal, more than an hour to walk to school. By car, the journey takes 15 minutes.

Ngwane is on a list of 12 Nquthu schools that form part of an application by lobby group Equal Education in the high court in Pietermaritzburg.