- The Brackenfell parent who blew the whistle on the matric ball attended by only white matriculants has opened up about life since he spread the news
- According to him, he has received a number of threats and was even followed by angry parents of the matric ball attendees
- He does however maintain that he made the right decision in letting the cat out of the bag
Ivan Simmers, a Brackenfell High School father, has opened up in a well-known news publication about his life after he made the decision to share the Brackenfell matric ball invitation on his personal Facebook account.
The Facebook post resulted in nationwide unrest and saw the EFF and angry parents go head-to-head outside of the school, which subsequently resulted in the matric exams of the students being interrupted.
Simmers however explains that those unfortunate events are not the only things that have come as a result of his decision to out the alleged racism - he has now also being forced to fear for his life, having been sent death threats and stalked by certain angry parents.
According to News24, Simmers has since made the decision to leave the matter in police hands to deal with. He also says that he does not regret his decision to expose what he considers racism at the school following the controversial matric ball.
" It's 26 years after supposed democracy but our children are still being racially abused," says Simmers in the News24 article.
In other Briefly.co.za news about the Brackenfell High School situation, EFF leader Julius Malema has posted an ominous tweet ahead of the scheduled Brackenfell protests for Friday. It will be a tense situation as political and interest groups gather at the school, which has become the epicentre of a racial disaster sparked by a dance.
Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer has confirmed that she will meet EFF officials on the night before the planned protests outside Brackenfell High School. Attempts are being made to mitigate the effect of the protests on the learners. Schäfer said, according to Sowetan Live:
“All Grade 8 to 11 exams will be rescheduled but the school will remain open and classes for learners will continue,” she said. “I call on Brackenfell residents not to gather at the school with a view to engaging in altercations.
"Any action that would escalate tensions further will make it harder for law enforcement authorities to do their jobs. Please do not take the law into your own hands.”
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