- The Brackenfell High School governing body has failed in its bid for an urgent interdict to stop the EFF from protesting outside its facility
- The court has opted to allow the EFF to make representations on the controversial matter next week
- Meanwhile, students have come forward to share their own experiences with racism at the school
The High Court in Cape Town has denied an application by the Brackenfell High School governing body, attempting to prevent the EFF from protesting outside its premises.
Western Cape Education spokesperson Bronagh Hammond commented that the matter has been postponed to allow the Red Berets the opportunity to have their say.
In a statement on the subject, Hammond pointed out that the students were the Department's main concern:
"The Western Cape Education Department is monitoring the situation very closely. Our primary concern is the safety of learners and educators at the school. They are writing matric exams. They have worked so hard this year. They don’t deserve any disruption for them in this very crucial week.”
Meanwhile, eNCA spoke to both current and former students of the school who claimed that a blind eye was frequently turned to racism. The publication revealed that a memorandum of complaints has been sent to the school, but no response or accountability has been forthcoming.
One student, currently in matric, claims that racist behaviour from both pupils and teachers would often go unpunished:
"There were countless complaints that were brought to the school's attention, but they didn't do anything about it. I feel like the school can react in a much better way, I feel like they can actually listen to our voices and take our feeling into consideration."
The student claimed that the school's main concern was its image, not the plight of students in this regard.
Another student claimed that racism had been experienced by both himself and his sister who was in the school over a decade ago. A student who had allegedly used the k-word against his sibling had been handed a two-day suspension:
"After that, he came back to school taunting her. I matriculated in 2016 and in 2020 we are experiencing racism."
Ramaphosa had defended the EFF's right to peacefully protest, urging all parties involved to act responsibly in a statement issued by the Presidency. The pressure placed on the students, who are currently writing matric exams, was lamented by the nation's leader.
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