WC Minister of Education, Debbie Schäfer, has released a statement condemning both the Economic Freedom Fighters and parents who fought outside Brackenfell High School today, Monday, November 9.
“I strongly condemn both the actions of the EFF members and those parents outside the school, who used violence to address their concerns. Violent attacks are simply not acceptable and will in no way benefit our learners. Violence is also not a solution to solving disagreements. I urge all parties to engage with one another in a responsible and adult manner, and for SAPS to ensure that our learners are protected from this kind of violence,” she said.
The EFF has been protesting outside of the school after it was alleged that a private matric party held by some of the parents only included white students and included the principal.
“Whatever one’s views may be, the fact is that the event in question was privately organised, at a private venue, by private individuals. The school had nothing to do with the organisation or management of that event. It was not supported, funded or endorsed by the school in any way,” she explained.
“The school did not hold a matric ball this year owing to Covid-19 concerns. The WCED cannot and will not take action against educators who were invited as guests and attended a private event, which they did not organise, and had no prior knowledge of the attendees. We are also not in the business of prescribing who people must invite to private events outside of school property.”
Premier Alan Winde had also released a statement calling for calm on the part of those involved and for all fighting to be stopped.