Court rules in favour of EFF in Brackenfell protests case

The school governing body tried to interdict the party after red beret supporters staged anti-racism demonstrations outside the school in November.

EFF members gather at Brackenfell High School ahead of their anti-racism demonstration on 20 November 2020. Picture: Zukile Daniel/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court has on Wednesday dismissed Brackenfell High School's urgent application to bar Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters from protesting outside or near the school in the future.

The school governing body tried to interdict the party after red beret supporters staged anti-racism demonstrations outside the school in November.

During their last protest, police blocked supporters from advancing closer to the school's perimeter and used tear gas, stun grenades and a water cannon to disperse the crowd.

The party protested after allegations of an alleged "whites only" matric farewell event surfaced.

The Western Cape Education Department has, however, cleared the school of any wrongdoing and found no evidence that pupils were excluded from a private matric farewell event based on their race. The department said that a diversity committee was established after racism claims at the school surfaced.

EFF regional secretary Banzi Dambuza said: “We are going to expect SAPS to move aside because they have no legality to stop us from marching to Brackenfell High School because we’re still dealing with racism. It is a very good day, a day that must be put in history books.”

Dambuza said that this was a big win.

"It would be paramount that we celebrate this moment as the EFF and any other black person here in the Western Cape. We have said this that we will not be taken to court and lose such a case."

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