Police used stun grenades and water canons to disperse EFF protesters after a sea of red descended on Brackenfell on today as hundreds gathered to protest alleged racism in the area.
Yesterday, the City of Cape Town warned the EFF to behave within the law and adhere to lockdown regulations or face criminal sanction in Brackenfell.
The suburb has come under the spotlight after learners from Brackenfell High School allegedly organised a private event – deemed to be a matric ball at the school – for white pupils only.
Various media outlets broadcasted the protest live on social media, where police could be seen using water cannons and stun grenades to disperse a massive crowd of people, mostly wearing EFF regalia, who tried to enter the community on Friday.
We will defend our land with our blood.
This, our land we will defend with our bodies.
We are always prepared to die for South Africa.
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) November 20, 2020
During the protest (today), the EFF posted on Twitter: “Racism has no place in South Africa. This is the land of our fore-bearers. We will occupy every space we want to occupy. No one will stop us.”
A News24 reporter earlier posted on social media that people believed to be locals who gathered near the school had been warned by police to disperse by 10:00. Cape Party leader Jack Miller – who joined in solidarity with residents – said the party will seek legal advice as people should have the right to observe.
An EFF supporter who had been sprayed with a water canon expressed dismay in an eNCA report, saying protesters who gathered were not aware that only 100 people were allowed to protest in the area.
The Western Cape High Court recently refused to grant an urgent interdict against the protest, accepting the EFF’s undertaking that there will be no violence or disruption.
The City met with South African Police Services (SAPS) and other law enforcement authorities on Thursday after education authorities expressed concerns of violence and intimidation related to the EFF.
“Should any condition be breached by the EFF, inclusive of COVID-19 lockdown regulations, the SAPS is required to act, which may include possible criminal sanction,” a statement from the City reads.