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Ramaphosa Calls For Restraint At Brackenfell High School After Violent Clashes Between Parents and EFF Members

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PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa has called for calm and restraint at the Brackenfell High School in Cape Town following a violent confrontation between a group of parents and members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Monday. 

The EFF members were protesting against alleged racism after a group of students organized a ‘whites only’ matric dance party at the school.

“At this most important and difficult time for matriculants not only at Brackenfell High School but around the country, the spectacle of parents and protestors coming to blows at the school gate is deeply unfortunate,” said Ramaphosa on Tuesday.

“It is the right of every South African to engage in peaceful protest, and any actions to suppress the right to freedom of expression, particularly through violence and intimidation, must be roundly condemned. What happened today brings back hurtful memories of a past we should never seek to return to.”

Several videos surfaced on social media on Monday when the violence broke out between the EFF members and parents.

Ramaphosa described the confrontation outside the school as deeply regrettable.

“At this most important and difficult time for matriculants not only at Brackenfell High School but around the country, the spectacle of parents and protestors coming to blows at the school gate is deeply unfortunate,” added Ramaphosa.

The school has come out to say this was a private event and it was not involved as the department has cancelled all matric dances this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We should be ever mindful of the extent to which our actions, both publicly and in private, undermine the cherished principle of non-racialism upon which our democracy was founded,” said Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa said that the country should not allow what has transpired at Brackenfell High School to be used by any groupings who want to cause racial polarisation. 

The EFF, however, has argued that the learners approached the party after allegation of racism surfaced at the school.

(SOURCE: INSIDE POLITICS)

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