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EFF win landmark Brackenfell court case – here’s what the verdict means

Brackenfell protests may well be reloading for 2021: The EFF have emerged successful from the Western Cape High Court, following a major legal dispute.


Photo: EFF Western Cape / Twitter

The EFF have chalked up a major victory in the courtroom on Wednesday, after a bid to stop them protesting outside of Brackenfell High School was dismissed by Judge Sirajudeen Desai. The location became yet another hot-spot of racial tensions this year, after a group of students were accused of organising a ‘whites-only’ matric party.

EFF wins significant court case

The allegations have been strenuously denied, and the Western Cape Education Department found no evidence of racism amongst the cohort. However, that didn’t stop the school from developing into a flashpoint, as the Red Berets clashed with police and counter-protesters just a few weeks ago.

The landmark verdict means that the EFF can now return to Brackenfell High School to continue their demonstrations. The last time protesters showed up at the facility, one person was assaulted on camera, and SAPS had to break out the water cannons. Party leader Julius Malema slammed law enforcement officials for allegedly ‘displaying brutality’.

Brackenfell High School: Where do we go from here?

What happens now is unclear. Marshall Dlamini, one of the EFF’s senior figures, recently stated that his comrades will continue to picket in Brackenfell, to demand the removal of teachers involved in the matric controversy. But, in terms of the immediate future, we expect party members to celebrate a decisive victory – delivered just before Christmas.

“The application [to stop the EFF protesting at Brackenfell High School] has been dismissed. 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.”

Western Cape EFF statement