A 39-year-old suspect has been arrested after shots were allegedly fired in a violent altercation between Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters and residents in Brackenfell, Cape Town.
EFF members gathered outside Brackenfell High School on Monday morning to protest after a “whites only” event was allegedly organised by matriculants from the school recently.
Residents confronted the protesters, saying they would not allow the pupils to be intimidated.
Police spokesperson Noloyiso Rwexana said: “Please be advised that POPS (Public Order Policing) and other Law Enforcement agencies attended to the protest in Brackenfell.
“It is alleged that a member of the public fired shots. Police took action to disperse the crowd, no injuries were reported and a case of public violence was opened for investigation. A 39-year-old suspect was arrested. People dispersed with no reports of violence.”
Western Cape MEC for Education, Debbie Schafer, released a statement today in which she condemns the actions of both groups.
“I am told it was a private function. It was not a matric ball and wasn’t organised by the school,” Schafer said in a post on Twitter.