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Police arrive on patrol outside of Brackenfell High School – Photo: Western Cape Government

Brackenfell: No evidence of racism, WC Education Dept finds

Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer has long maintained that the matric event in question had nothing to do with the school and was planned solely by the parents

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Police arrive on patrol outside of Brackenfell High School – Photo: Western Cape Government

The Department of Basic Education in the Western Cape has found that there is no evidence of racism at Brackenfell High School.

Education MEC Debbie Schafer said a report by the department, which clears the school of the allegations, would soon be made available. Schafer said investigations pointed to the event not including the school at all.

“The event was arranged at a private venue (a wine farm) on 17 October 2020.  Tickets cost R500 each.  I have seen the invitation, and there is no reference to the school at all.  It specified that it was limited to 100 people, after the venue advised that they could increase the number of attendees from 50 to 100 as a result of the relaxation of COVID regulations,” she said.

Brackenfell High School found itself in the centre of a racism scandal after it emerged that parents and some teachers held an unofficial and private matric dance, which was only attended by white pupils.

“…this was a private event that was organised by parents of learners, who were disappointed that the formal school farewell had been cancelled. The fact that people from other schools attended, shows that it was not a “school event”.  It was not held on school property, as has been widely reported, despite repeated corrections,”

Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer

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Schafer has also said the department cannot take action against educators who were invited as guests and attended a private event, which they did not organise.

“We are also not in the business of prescribing who people must invite to private events outside of school property,” she said.

The School Governing Body (SGB) at the institution then admitted that the event had been thrown but denied that there was racism. This grabbed the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) attention who then staged protests at the school, some which turned violent.

In the last stand-off outside the school, EFF members clashed with counter demonstrators as well as some members of police.

The City of Cape Town has announced it will be taking the EFF to court, seeking to recoup the damages charges, which were incurred during the chaos.

“Once a full assessment has been done, the City will be recovering these costs from the EFF. I want to assure the public that we will not tolerate lawlessness in this City and the EFF will be held accountable for the damage caused. Where private property has been damaged during today’s protest action, I want to encourage property owners to alert the City so that our legal team can assess the feasibility of private property owners joining the city’s case against the EFF,” the City said in a statement.