Government Officials Arrive At Brackenfell High School

The drama filled situation at Brackenfell High School has died down but continues in the background. The debacle has even managed to garner a hashtag of it's own on social media. Now, even the Premier is stepping in as the parties involved are being urged to hash out the issue through dialogue instead of fists.

The drama filled situation at Brackenfell High School has died down but continues in the background. The debacle has even managed to garner the hashtag #Istandwith EFF on social media. Now, even Western Cape's Premier is stepping in as the parties involved are being urged to hash out the issue through dialogue instead of fists.

In typical EFF fashion, they are determined to fight the situation and took to protesting in front of the school which then lead to violence involving them and Brackenfell residents with even the Police being on the receiving end of punches. The EFF were of the opinion that "the event reproduced a space for segregation". 

Western Cape's Premier Alan Winde and WC Education Minister, Debbie Schafer, have arrived at Brackenfell High School for a meeting with the school's management.

We need to make sure we get an outcome but yesterday was illegal and it's not about engaging with people, it's engaging illegal activities which is unacceptable. We need to make sure that the legality is there. 

The EFF did not have a permit for their protest action and Winde said that he won't interdict but that there is one happening at the moment. 

This outbreak of violence comes over reports of a Matric event that was organised for white pupils only.  The event is said to have had only white pupils and parents in attendance, as well as two white teachers. Supporters of the school have denied that the event was organised in this way.  The school released a statement confirming that there was no official Matric farewell event and any event held was unofficial and not representing the school. 

"The violence which happened outside the school is absolutely unacceptable. We actually did engage with the police this morning on what is happening there. We need to see arrests ... tehre are further charges going to be laid," stressed Winde.

Tight security can now be seen on the premises and the school will not be shut down as Schafer says the Department does not operate that way. 

Schafer has asked for a detailed report on this incident and has asked questions and will only respond once she has the full details. She also said she was told that the allegations of there being no black educators at the school is incorrect but that she plans to look into that. 

Should the violence continue and Matrics need alternate exam venues, Schafer says the necessary arrangements will then be made. The Premier found it unacceptable that the youth should be disadvantaged even further.

The MEC also said that she has knowledge of an Instagram group being started due to students feeling discriminated against and that from that came a diversity committee at the school. She therefore says that the school acknowledges any instances of racism and discrimination and wants to deal with it. 

In a statement released by the EFF, the party said:

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) condemns the attacks conducted by armed white-racists against EFF members, who held a peaceful protest outside Brackenfell High School in Cape Town against the perverted racism of the school, teachers and parents.

They then continue to say, "The EFF will descend on Brackenfell in it's entirety and ensure nothing operates ... they have pushed us and they must prepare to be pushed back harder".

President Cyril Ramaphosa, political parties and the South African Human Rights Commission have condemned the violence and level to which the situation has escalated.

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