WATCH LIVE: Violence Erupts In #BrackenfellHighSchool As Police Use Stun Grenades At #EFFInBrackenfell protesters

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EFF members regrouped into a large mass for their planned protest near Brackenfell High School

South Africa, Cape Town – The atmosphere in Brackenfell is tense this morning after the EFF made good on their promise to descend on the area en masse, which resulted in the police firing tear gas, stun grenades and a water cannon.

A previous protest by the red berets ended in a violent clash with residents who attacked party members.

After the police fired stun grenades on Friday morning, EFF members regrouped into a large mass for their planned protest near Brackenfell High School.

Police have blocked access to the school at three points, hoping to deter the protesters.

A fight almost broke out over a SAPS photographer who was taking pictures of the protesters.

The EFF demanded that he leave the area.

EFF secretary general Marshall Dlamini has been trying to negotiate with the police for their stage to be brought down from the school to the post office area, a small distance from the school, as the number of protesters has grown significantly.

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The police are refusing to let more than a hundred people approach the school to hand over the memorandum.

Fritz then again reiterated the calls made by the police and the City of Cape Town, Premier Alan Winde and Education MEC Debbie Schäfer to calm, and for the public to avoid the area around Brackenfell High School.

“It is critical that there are no attempts at escalating the conflict by any individual or grouping, as this will only make the situation more difficult for SAPS to manage.”

He said as stated by Schäfer, arrangements have been made to ensure that matrics writing their exams today do so without any disruption.

“We all need to remain calm and give the SAPS the space needed to manage the protest effectively,” he said.

Any resident wishing to report emergencies that may arise during the protest can alert the City of Cape Town’s Emergency Communications Centre on 107 from a landline or 0214807700 from a cellphone.

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