- The Economic Freedom Fighters have opted to lay charges against Brackenfell residents after the violence that took place on Monday
- The Red Berets had been protesting against racism after a scandal broke concerning a matric party
- The situation turned violent, but the EFF says justice must now take its course
The EFF has laid charges against Brackenfell residents after a protest outside of a local high school turned violent.
The Red Berets had gathered to demonstrate against alleged racism a Brackenfell High School following reports of a whites-only party for matric students.
Residents clashed with the protestors, resulting in violence that dominated the spotlight in SA this week.
IOL reports that Western Cape provincial chairperson Melikhaya Xego had accompanied a group of EFF members to press charges against the residents in question:
“After our members were attended to by healthcare professionals we visited Brackenfell police station and laid charges against the people who attacked and assaulted us on Monday. We will now let the law take its course."
News24 reports that EFF member Sibongile Nkasayi has laid charges of her own after a man was captured on video beating her with a baseball bat during the unrest.
The 22-year-old had explained that she had exited her car and was heading towards other EFF members when she realised they were under attack.
Nkasayi explained that she is experiencing pain in her back, neck and arm as a result of the incident, commenting further that:
"I hope he gets arrested, the law must take its course."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a local man, Jaco Pretorious, had been arrested after allegedly firing gunshots during the fray.
Pretorious appeared in the Kuilsriver Magistrate's Court on charges of public violence after his arrest, his case was postponed and he was released on a warning.
Pretorious was among the group of residents who had violently charged the EFF protesters near the school.
Protea Heights Academy learners were hurriedly evacuated from the school grounds in Brackenfell on Wednesday morning after a bomb threat was received.
A report on the incident confirmed that the entire area was locked down and sniffer dogs were brought in by the authorities to help conduct a search operation.
The report noted that a teacher at the school had revealed that no further details regarding the incident could be given at this stage in the investigation.
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