Protesters from the EFF have mobilised around a school in Vereeniging to show their displeasure with the pace of transformation initiated by the Gauteng Education Department.
Following a Gauteng High Court ruling which overruled the Department’s wish to force Hoerskool Overvaal to admit 55 English speaking pupils, the EFF commented that black students are being discriminated against in the province.
Protests escalated while pupils were being dropped off by their parents for their first day of the 2018 academic year. One parent was allegedly assaulted by EFF supporters while the police and private security have taken to form a human barricade around the school.
Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has appealed to parents and community members not to act in a way that will jeopardise their appeal.
Lesufi has embarked on an initiative to render certain schools in Gauteng more inclusive towards English speaking pupils.
Despite the fact that Lesufi has expressed on more than one occasion that this initiative won’t force schools to stop teaching in Afrikaans nor limit the schooling of Afrikaans speaking pupils, lobby group AfriForum says the conflict should be blamed squarely on Gauteng Education MEC.
AfriForum’s Ian Cameron says there was no need for today’s protest.
The EFF says it wants the school to admit black pupils and adopt English as a medium of instruction.