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Teargas was used to disperse protesting EFF members in Brackenfell on Friday.
Teargas was used to disperse protesting EFF members in Brackenfell on Friday.
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20 Nov 2020

Here's a brief rundown of the day:

Just after 10:00 this morning police fired stun grenades and water cannons at EFF supporters as they marched up a road headed toward Brackenfell High School.

Just before 11:30, the EFF's secretary general Marshall Dlamini arrived, flanked by spokesperson Vuyani Pambo.

The bone of contention at this stage was due to the number [of protesters] exceeding the agreed upon number of 100 participants.

Said Pambo: "It's a protest. Where have you seen where people are protesting they are being told 'no, only 100'. There's no such thing. It's a protest."

Guillaume Smit, chairperson of the School Governing Body (SGB) told News24 matric pupils wrote their Physical Science paper in peace amid fears the vital final would be disrupted.

By 16:00 the EFF's supporters waited at pick up points around Brackenfell for their transport home. Police wound the barbed wire back in again, and armoured vehicles trundled back to their depot. 

A block away from the school, ducks waddled across the road and a woman watered her garden, in contrast to the angry scenes nearby earlier.

- Reports by Tammy Petersen and Jenni Evans at Brackenfell on Friday.

<p>Here's a brief rundown of the day:</p><p><span style="font-size:0.75em;"></span>Just after 10:00 this morning police fired stun grenades and water cannons at EFF supporters as they marched up a road headed toward Brackenfell High School.<span style="font-size:0.75em;"></span><br /></p><p>Just before <strong>11:30</strong>, the EFF's secretary general <strong>Marshall Dlamini</strong> arrived, flanked by spokesperson <strong>Vuyani Pambo</strong>. </p><p>The bone of contention at this stage was due to the number [of protesters] exceeding the agreed upon number of 100 participants.</p><p>Said Pambo: "It's a protest. Where have you seen where people are protesting they are being told 'no, only 100'. There's no such thing. It's a protest."</p><p><strong>Guillaume Smit</strong>, chairperson of the School Governing Body (SGB) told News24 matric pupils wrote their Physical Science paper in peace amid fears the vital final would be disrupted.</p><p>By <strong>16:00</strong> the EFF's supporters waited at pick up points around Brackenfell for their transport home.&nbsp;Police wound the barbed wire back in again, and armoured vehicles trundled back to their depot.&nbsp;</p><p>A block away from the school, ducks waddled across the road and a woman watered her garden, in contrast to the angry scenes nearby earlier.</p><p>- <em>Reports by Tammy Petersen and Jenni Evans </em>at Brackenfell on Friday.</p>

20 Nov 2020

Despite clashes between police and EFF members during a protest outside Brackenfell High School in Cape Town on Friday, chairperson of the SGB, Guillaume Smit said that matrics proceeded to write their exams in peace.

20 Nov 2020

As at 13:00, it seems the standoff between police and hundreds of EFF supporters continued as leaders try to negotiate an increase to the allotted number of protesters. Police used stun grenades and teargas for the second time at around 12:30 as the impasse continues.
As at 13:00, it seems the standoff between police and hundreds of EFF supporters continued as leaders try to negotiate an increase to the allotted number of protesters. Police used stun grenades and teargas for the second time at around 12:30 as the impasse continues.

20 Nov 2020

EFF SG Marshall Dlamini and spokesperson Vuyani Pambo approached police outside Brackenfell High School on Friday. Dlamini asked that the group be allowed to move forward under police watch. Police said only 100 protesters will be allowed.

20 Nov 2020

Police fired stun grenades and teargas, to disperse a large group of EFF supporters during their protest at Brackenfell High school in Cape Town on Friday. The EFF had been granted permission by the City of Cape Town for 100 members to protest outside the school.

20 Nov 2020

Police now saying 500 EFF protesters will be allowed through, calling for calm over a loudhailer. (@TammyPetersen87, Twitter)
Police now saying 500 EFF protesters will be allowed through, calling for calm over a loudhailer. (@TammyPetersen87, Twitter)

20 Nov 2020

A policeman is picking stones and pieces of debris in the road as the EFF waits for greenlight amid a huge police presence to go to Brackenfell High. Cops near the intersection checking media credentials and asking anyone not media or a protester to clear the area. (@itchybyte, Twitter)

20 Nov 2020

As the EFF continued to negotiate passage with police, EFF spokesperson Vuyani Pambo spoke to News24 and other media.

Pambo said: "We are simply saying, we are all going to march, all of us to the school there. That is what we are going to do. 

"No one is going to stop us. We are going to go there nicely, peacefully. Anyone who comes at us we will go at them.

"It's a protest. Where have you seen where people are protesting they are being told 'no, only 100'. There's no such thing. It's a protest - let's get it right.

"As such, it cannot be regulated like a gathering of a party or people drinking. "No, it's a protest that comes from a grievance. 

"Those things of only 100 (protesters) you will only hear from them. We are protesting. And a protest can't be told by those we are protesting against, how to protest. 

"They can't klap us and tell us we must smile now. We are not going to smile. We are going to return the klap."

Police on the scene had previously maintained that only 100 protesters would be allowed based on the agreement by the City of Cape Town. 

(Photo: @EFFSouthAfrica, Twitter)

<p>As the EFF continued to negotiate passage with police, EFF spokesperson Vuyani Pambo spoke to News24 and other media.</p><p>Pambo said: "We are simply saying, we are all going to march, all of us to the school there. That is what we are going to do.&nbsp;</p><p>"No one is going to stop us. We are going to go there nicely, peacefully. Anyone who comes at us we will go at them.</p><p>"It's a protest. Where have you seen where people are protesting they are being told 'no, only 100'. There's no such thing. It's a protest - let's get it right.</p><p>"As such, it cannot be regulated like a gathering of a party or people drinking.&nbsp;"No, it's a protest that comes from a grievance.&nbsp;</p><p>"Those things of only 100 (protesters) you will only hear from them. We are protesting. And a protest can't be told by those we are protesting against, how to protest.&nbsp;</p><p>"They can't klap us and tell us we must smile now. We are not going to smile. We are going to return the klap."</p><p>Police on the scene had previously maintained that only 100 protesters would be allowed based on the agreement by the City of Cape Town.&nbsp;</p><p><em>(Photo:&nbsp;@EFFSouthAfrica, Twitter)</em></p>

20 Nov 2020

The leaky water cannon idling near the police and EFF near Brackenfell High School. (@itchybyte, Twitter)

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20 Nov 2020

11:20 Update:

EFF supporters have regrouped next to the Brackenfell library, their numbers swelling in the heat. 

Estimates put the regroup at about 300 to 400.

The EFF's Marshall Dlamini has arrived and is negotiating passage with police to handover a memorandum to the school.

The group is being held by a heavy police line between two shopping centres on the other side of the main carriageway that turns off to the school.

It has been reported by eNCA that the reason for the use of force by police was due to the number exceeding the agreed upon number of 100 participants.

20 Nov 2020

Police asked a group of residents and members of the Cape Party, who had gathered outside Brackenfell High School on Friday morning to disperse. This as only the EFF had been granted permission by the City of Cape Town for 100 members to protest outside the school.

20 Nov 2020

About 400 people from the EFF toyi-toying in the blazing sun as police hold them away from BrackenfellHigh during exam. (@itchybyte, Twitter)

20 Nov 2020

Brackenfell residents, police as well as members of the Cape Party gathered outside Brackenfell High school in Cape Town on Friday, ahead of the EFF's arrival. The party was granted permission to protest outside the school.

20 Nov 2020

There are a few stones left in the road after the first police-EFF confrontation near Brackenfell High School. (@itchybyte, Twitter)

There are a few stones left in the road after the first police-EFF confrontation near Brackenfell High School. (@itchybyte, Twitter)<br /><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><div><div class="css-901oao css-bfa6kz r-9ilb82 r-18u37iz r-1qd0xha r-a023e6 r-16dba41 r-ad9z0x r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0" dir="ltr" style="border:0px solid black;box-sizing:border-box;color:#6e767d;display:inline;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;font-size:15px;line-height:1.3125;font-family:-apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, 'Segoe UI', Roboto, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;margin:0px;padding:0px;white-space:nowrap;overflow-wrap:break-word;max-width:100%;overflow:hidden;text-overflow:ellipsis;-webkit-box-direction:normal;-webkit-box-orient:horizontal;flex-direction:row;min-width:0px;background-color:#000000;"><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-1qd0xha r-ad9z0x r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0" style="border:0px solid black;box-sizing:border-box;color:inherit;display:inline;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:1.3125;margin:0px;padding:0px;white-space:inherit;overflow-wrap:break-word;min-width:0px;"><br /></span></div></div>

20 Nov 2020

An EFF supporter has come up all the way from Marikana to #BrackenfellHigh. Tweet from @itchybyte
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