South African Police Disperse Anti-Racism Protesters With Tear Gas, Water Cannons

People run away from teargas during the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters party’s protest against alleged racism outside Brackenfell High School in Cape Town, South Africa, November 20, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Police used stun grenades and water cannons to disperse angry protestors outside a Cape Town school on Friday.

For the second time in as many weeks, hundreds of members of the opposition Economic Freedom Front (EFF) political party gathered outside the Brackenfell High School to protest against alleged racism at the institution.

The school made headlines recently when it was revealed that only white pupils and teachers were invited to a private year-end function. The official school function was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Police on Friday blocked access to the school hoping to deter the protesters.

The EFF had been granted permission by the City of Cape Town for 100 members to protest, but about 2,000 turned up.

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Jack Markovitz, one of the EFF’s few white members, said the situation at the school was the same as every white suburb in South Africa: where racism is deeply rooted.

“I think they yearn for apartheid. This exists in every single white neighbourhood in this country. The only difference is that in Brackenfell it is more potent and violent,” he said.

He added: “we need to transfer the generational wealth and land to the disenfranchised people of this country”.


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