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Rocks fly, stun grenades explode as parents attack EFF outside school

Brackenfell High School, in Cape Town’s far northern suburbs, was the scene of a clash between EFF members and parents on Monday.
Brackenfell High School, in Cape Town’s far northern suburbs, was the scene of a clash between EFF members and parents on Monday.

EFF members protesting against alleged racism at a high school in Cape Town were attacked by stick-wielding parents in a stand-off that ended in a street brawl on Monday.    

The parents told protesters in no uncertain terms to "f-off" and then fists, expletives and rocks flew, forcing the protesters to scatter.

Police used stun grenades to halt the clash as rocks were hurled across the street between the parents and protesters. At least one person was arrested.

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Western Cape premier Alan Winde and education MEC Debbie Schäfer visited Brackenfell high school on November 10 2020 after protests outside the school premises led to violent confrontations a day earlier. A group of about fifty community members stood nearby the blocked road to the school. On November 9 2020, EFF members were protesting against alleged racism at the school when a violent confrontation ensued between them and a group of community members

Sunday Times Daily reported last week that an unofficial matric ball organised by parents at the school had stirred up racial tensions after it emerged  it had been attended exclusively by white pupils.

The event was organised by a group of Afrikaans-speaking parents in Brackenfell after the school was forced to call off its official matric ball due to Covid-19 regulations.

Two teachers attended the private event, and the red berets demanded last week that they be axed.

Western Cape education department spokesperson Bronagh Hammond told Sunday Times Daily that the event was private and the school "had nothing to do with the organisation or management of that event. Two educators were invited as guests".

A former pupil interviewed outside the school after the clashes accused the EFF of "trying to cause nonsense".

Police spokesperson Sgt Noloyiso Rwexana said public order police and other law enforcement agencies were monitoring the situation. Frans Conradie Drive and Paradys Road were closed.

"It is alleged a member of the public fired shots. A case of attempted murder was opened for investigation. A 39-year-old suspect who is yet to be processed was arrested," said Rwexana.

"Police took action to disperse the crowd. No injuries were reported and no other arrests were effected at this stage. A case of public violence will be opened for investigation. Police will remain in the area until law and order is restored."


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