The EFF is expected to gather at Brackenfell High School for protests today, and the SAPS is expected to be present to preserve order and allow the protests to be carried out peacefully.
Following a violent clash between parents at Brackenfell High and EFF protesters last week, when the EFF protested a “whites-only” matriculates event, the political party will be continuing protests this afternoon.
EFF provincial spokesperson Wandile Kasibe has said that he has cancelled a meeting with MEC Debbie Schäfer, who he has been trying to meet with for some time, because he was preparing for the protests.
“We are going to Brackenfell. We will be picketing and handing over a memorandum, following all (COVID-19) protocols,” Kasibe said, according to The Cape Times.
However, education MEC Debbie Schäfer says that she doesn’t believe the EFF’s motives are anything other than political.
“It is very clear that the EFF is not interested in discussing and resolving their concerns,” she said, after Kasibe cancelled their meeting. “Their only intent is to intimidate and disrupt schooling.”
As a result of the charged nature of the protests, the City organised an emergency meeting with police over “concerns of violence and intimidation” to ensure that the school and its students are protected.
“The SAPS have committed to a high policing presence in the Brackenfell area, reporting that a comprehensive operational plan had been settled between the SAPS, metro police, law enforcement and traffic, along with the relevant CPFs and Neighbourhood Watch,” read a statement from the City of Cape Town.
“As with other large protests, the SAPS and metro police video units will be present to record the events and incidents, to assist in prosecutions.”
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will also be conducting investigations into allegations of racism at the school.