Violence erupted outside the Brackenfell High School in Cape Town when protesting members of the Economic Freedom Fighters clashed with parents. A private matric ball was allegedly attended by only white students and their parents.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) strongly defended the parents of the school, criticising the police for failing to disperse the EFF protesters before tensions escalated. The DA compared the EFF’s behaviour to that of the German Nazi’s in a tweet saying the Nazi’s had the brown shirts that went around terrorising minorities, South Africa has the red shirts”.
The Jewish Board of Deputies is currently in a meeting to discuss the offensive tweet and said that it would be responding soon. Meanwhile, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said that it was shocked and disappointed that racial segregation was still happening at private events after years of a free democracy.
If we are to prevent people taking the law into their own hands, the Police must do their job properly. It was the job of SAPS to prevent and disperse the EFF unlawfully gathering outside a school and seeking to infringe on the rights of private citizens. #BrackenfellHigh— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) November 9, 2020
The commission has called for swift action by those investigating the conduct of the two teachers who attended the private matric ball.