EFF supporter files assault charges after Brackenfell High attack

The alleged assault took place amid violent clashes outside Brackenfell High School on Monday.

Members of the EFF protest outside Brackenfell High School. Image: EFF Western Cape/Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - An Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporter on Wednesday opened a criminal complaint of assault after she was attacked by a man with a baseball bat outside a Brackenfell school.

The alleged assault took place amid violent clashes outside Brackenfell High School on Monday.

Some parents, community members and supporters had come out to confront and intimidate EFF members who were there to demonstrate against allegations of racism stemming from a private matric party attended by some white learners, parents and teachers.

Video footage captured by journalist Wesley Fester, shows how 22-year-old Sibongile Nkasayi is hit with what looks like a baseball bat.

Her attacker is a man wearing a black bodywarmer, a cap and a buff covering his mouth and nose.

He first shoves her and then starts beating her on her back - all this while a group tries to force EFF demonstrators away from the school gates.

Nkasayi said she wanted her dignity be restored: β€œHe humiliated me in front of the whole of South Africa. He made me feel like I am not a woman – like I am trash. He said it himself.”

She opened a criminal complaint of assault at the Brackenfell Police Station on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the case against Jaco Pretorius, arrested for discharging an air-gun at Monday's conflict, has been postponed to January.

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