On Friday morning, a march against racial discrimination violent was dispersed by police using water cannons and teargas after chaotic scenes broke out outside Brackenfell High School.
The march, organised by the Economic Freedom Fighters, was permitted to take place under the condition it was limited to 100 people. Buses of protesters gathered in Brackenfell to participate in far greater numbers than the allowed 100.
A resident of the area said, “we are here to support and protect. We are residents, our kids go to school here. For me, I don’t want issues, we don’t want war, we don’t want trouble.
“We just want to see that everything goes as planned because my house is just up the road. We want to see that SAPS is doing their job and that our properties and everything around is safe.