- Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer has responded to the chaos at Brackenfell High School on Monday
- The violence that broke out between residents, parents and EFF protesters has been described as unacceptable
- The violence was condemned with the MEC urging those involved to settle their differences in a 'responsible and adult manner'
Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer has slammed the violence seen outside of Brackenfell High School as unacceptable on Monday.
In a statement released by the provincial DA-led government, the MEC commented that:
“I am deeply disturbed by the violent clashes that occurred outside Brackenfell High School this morning, over a private matric celebration organised by some parents of learners who attend the school."
Opting not to take any giving side, Schäfer condemned both of the involved parties in the statements:
“I strongly condemn both the actions of the EFF members and those parents outside the school, who used violence to address their concerns. Violent attacks are simply not acceptable and will in no way benefit our learners. Violence is also not the solution to solving disagreements."
Both sides were urged to resolve their differences in an 'adult manner' by the education head:
“I urge all parties to engage with one another in a responsible and adult manner, and for Saps to ensure that our learners are protected from this kind of violence.”
Schäfer pointed out that matric exams, amid an already stressful year, were being written inside the school and condemned the EFF for the disruption.
As for the party that sparked the controversy and in turn the protest, Schäfer commented that:
“Whatever one’s views may be, the fact is that the event in question was privately organised, at a private venue, by private individuals. The school had nothing to do with the organisation or management of that event. It was not supported, funded or endorsed by the school in any way. The school did not hold a matric ball this year owing to Covid-19 concerns."
Schäfer confirmed that no action will be taken against the teachers who had attended the event:
“The [department] cannot and will not take action against educators who were invited as guests and attended a private event, which they did not organise, and had no prior knowledge of the attendees."
Protestors that had gathered outside of the school were confronted by parents and residents and the situation turned violent shortly after.
At least one person was arrested and police officials have promised to closely monitor the school on Tuesday.
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