Debbie Schäfer the Western Cape Education MEC has accused Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of not being interested in resolving concerns over alleged racism at Brackenfell High School. The EFF cancelled a scheduled meeting with provincial education officials that was intended to find resolutions without disruption. EFF supporters are expected to protest outside Brackenfell High School on Friday. Schäfer said that the Freedom Fighters had only one goal – Intimidate and disrupt schooling. The EFF undertake to protest peacefully and not disrupt the exams.
Schäfer said that her office was aware of EFF leaders making repeated threats of violence on social media and on radio and extensive preparations by the police were being made ahead of tomorrow’s protest in the event of the protests turning violent. The protests erupted after a private function was allegedly a “whites only” matric farewell. The EFF is yet to respond to requests for comment on preparations for Friday.
A Positive Action Campaign (PAC) protest in Brackenfell is also currently under investigation by police. PAC supporters gathered in the neighbourhood on Wednesday to protest against alleged displays of racist behaviour during the EFF’s recent demonstration outside the high school.
Andre Traut, the Police spokesperson said that officers would remain in the area until calm was restored: “The circumstances surrounding an offence in terms of the Gathering Act and Public Violence are under investigation. Public order police were deployed in the area to maintain law and order and they were forced to take action. The crowd was then dispersed and no arrests have been made as yet.”