- Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has issued a warning over the Brackenfell saga
- Malema posted the short but loaded warning to social media following the violence on Monday
- The Red Berets boss says when the EFF responds to the incident 'all fools will have an opinion'
EFF leader Julius Malema has posted his response to the chaos that erupted outside of Brackenfell High School on Monday.
Taking to social media, Malema shared pictures and videos of the violence that had been sparked when residence and parents confronted EFF protestors.
In the midst of this, Malema issued a stark warning to the nation, commenting that:
“Wait until we respond, all fools will have an opinion.”
The Economic Freedom Fighters had issued a statement on Monday evening in response to the incident, claiming that the attacks had been 'conducted by armed white racists against EFF members who were protesting peacefully'.
The political party had promised to 'descend on Brackenfell in its entirety' in response to the clash.
The EFF further warned that they had been pushed and were more preparing to push back 'harder':
“They have pushed us, and they must prepare to be pushed back harder. The EFF will communicate the way forward to all of its structures.”
In a statement issued by the Presidency on Tuesday, Ramaphosa condemned the violence:
“At this most important and difficult time for matriculants not only at Brackenfell High School but around the country, the spectacle of parents and protestors coming to blows at the school gate is deeply unfortunate."
The President defended the EFF's involvement by pointing out that citizens have the right to engage in peaceful protest:
“It is the right of every South African to engage in peaceful protest, and any actions to suppress the right to freedom of expression, particularly through violence and intimidation, must be roundly condemned."
Ramaphosa says the violence on Monday reminded the nation of a time before democracy:
“What happened today brings back hurtful memories of a past we should never seek to return to."
As for the matric party that sparked the controversy, Ramaphosa called for citizens to be mindful of their actions:
“We should be ever mindful of the extent to which our actions, both publicly and in private, undermine the cherished principle of non-racialism upon which our democracy was founded."
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