Several branches of the EFF have confirmed that the party and its members will march in Brackenfell on Friday 20 November, after the Western Cape town became the latest hotbed for racial tensions in South Africa.
The Red Berets threatened a ‘complete shutdown’ of Brackenfell last week, following a controversial incident at a local high school. Students and teachers were accused of hosting a private, ‘whites-only’ matric dance. This, however, has been vehemently denied by officials and parents. But the incident caused an enormous amount of disquiet.
On the second day of a small-scale protest outside of Brackenfell High School, EFF supporters were attacked by a group of thugs in the street. Punches were thrown, and one campaigner was struck by a baseball bat. A man was arrested for discharging a replica firearm outside of the educational facility.
The fallout was nuclear, and EFF leader Julius Malema subsequently threatened to bring his ‘fighters’ into Brackenfell. Sure enough, some two weeks after the party first caused disruption outside of the school, a huge protest is set to take place at 10:00 on Friday. Malema himself has stated that the ‘invitation has been accepted’
The protest will take place just a month after demonstrations engulfed the Free State town of Senekal, pitting white conservatives against the EFF and their supporters. Although the mood was tense, no serious incidents were reported. A similar outcome on Friday would be warmly welcomed, but South Africa – for the time being – remains at odds with itself.