Brackenfell: Man arrested for discharging firearm outside of school

Brackenfell: Man arrested for discharging firearm outside of school

- Violence doesn't pay was evidently the only lesson learnt at a Brackenfell high school on Monday

- EFF members gathered to protest and frustrated parents soon entered the fray with a heavy police presence in the area

- A man, accused of firing a replica firearm, has been arrested outside of the school

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The drama outside of a high school in Brackenfell, Western Cape, continues with the Economic Freedom Fighters gathering to protest against the school, claiming that a 'racist event' had been organised.

The Red Beret members had clashed with frustrated parents over the allegations with a large number of police officials watching the scene.

While Matric students attempted to write their final exams inside the school, the situation outside boiled over while the two sides faced off.

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A man has been arrested for allegedly discharging a replica firearm outside of the school. Image: Twitter/ @EFFSouthAfrica
Source: UGC

The South African reported that a 39-year-old male was arrested outside of the school during the unrest. The man was accused of firing a replica firearm just metres away from the school.

This offence can be viewed by the authorities as an 'attempted murder' charge, depending on the situation.

The South African Police Service is expected to apprehend more people as the investigation continues.

IOL spoke to local police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana who commented that no injuries have been reported:

'’It is alleged that a member of the public fired shots. A case of public violence was opened for investigation. A 39-year-old suspect that is yet to be processed was arrested. Police took action to disperse the crowd, no injuries were reported and no other arrests were effected at this stage."

It's understood that residents, after spotting the protestors, had rushed the group and questioning why they were in the area.

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The EFF members were told to leave immediately and a fight had swiftly been followed by chaos as a result.

Police had arrived shortly after, firing a stun grenade while residents demanded at the EFF protesters should be arrested.

Order was restored and the party had continued their demonstration further away from the school.

Earlier, reported that a clip of parents storming towards protesting EFF members at the Brackenfell High School has been shared online.

In the clip, the angry parents are using vulgar language to try and persuade the protestors to abandon their protests.

Not long into the clip, a fight breaks out between a parent and one of the protestors, resulting in a brief moment of chaos.

Screaming, running and more shouting ensues while the fight gets broken up. Later on, the two groups can be seen dangerously hurling stones at each other.

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Twitter users who also viewed the clip shared their thoughts on all the commotion. While many of them sided with the EFF, a lot of them questioned the EFF on making the decision to protest while students were writing their exams.

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