Hoërskool Overvaal pupils are safe, SAHRC assured

African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters are demonstrating for a second day outside the school gates in Vereeniging.

Police officers guard the Hoerskool Overvaal on 17 January 2018 following protests over an admissions row between the school and the Gauteng Education Department. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Human Rights Commission says it’s been assured by the principal at Hoërskool Overvaal that pupils are safe despite ongoing protests outside.

African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters are demonstrating for a second day outside the school gates in Vereeniging.

They are angry over the High Court's ruling this week that the provincial Education Department acted unlawfully when it ordered the school to admit 55 English speaking pupils.

Despite violent scenes on Wednesday and 10 arrests protesters say they are not afraid of the police.