- Jaco Pretorius, who was arrested for firing an imitation gun at the Brackenfell High School protests, has been released on a warning
- The 39-year-old Brackenfell resident had a brief appearance in the Kuils River Magistrate's Court in Cape Town
- Pretorius' matter was postponed until 25 January pending further investigation
The parent who was arrested for firing an imitation gun outside Brackenfell High School has appeared in court and was released on warning. 39-year-old Jaco Pretorius made a brief appearance in Kuils River Magistrate's Court in Cape Town.
The incident with the imitation gun occurred earlier this week when parents, members of the public and the Economic Freedom Fighters clashed outside the school. The EFF was protesting against the alleged racism at the school.
Pretorius' matter was postponed until the 25 January next year for further investigation. Parents reportedly waited outside the school earlier this week as the EFF planned to continue protests from last week Friday. The clash quickly turned violent, leading to the firing of the imitation gun.
According to SABC News on Facebook, the situation outside the school has been calm today and roads surrounding it remain cordoned off. While police and private security have been monitoring the area.
A report by EWN said that Pretorius is a resident of the Brackenfell area.
Briefly.co.za previously reported on Pretorius right after he was arrested. It was reported that a 39-year-old male had been taken into custody outside the school during the unrest. The man was accused of firing a replica firearm just metres away from the school.
The South African Police Service is expected to apprehend more people as the investigation continues.
In similar news, an interdict against the EFF was denied. 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.
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