Cape Town – “I don’t mind dying for my country and what I believe in.”
This is according to the man who was arrested during the EFF protest on Friday.
Despite numerous appeals to residents of Brackenfell not to engage with EFF protesters during their Friday protest in the community, a white resident came to the front of the makeshift stage in EFF in the midst of Frans Conradie and allegedly hurled racist slurs and slurs at the crowd while the party’s general secretary, Marshall Dlamini, spoke.
EFF members responded to the provocation by punching and stomping on the man as he screamed at their feet. He was rescued by the police a few minutes later.
Police called on the crowd to disperse, which met with some resistance at first and quickly turned around when the police began firing rubber bullets, throwing stun grenades, releasing tear gas and shooting. use water cannon trucks.
Police spokesman FC van Wyk said: “A member of the public was injured after trying to disrupt the EFF protest. He was arrested at the scene for incitement to hatred and must also appear in due course. “
The injured resident said he decided to end the EFF mob right after their continued calls for Whites to be eliminated.
He said: “I am ready to die for my country. What the EFF is saying and doing here is wrong. South Africa is for everyone who lives there regardless of their race and culture. Afrikaans and Blacks belong here, and I had to let them know.
Meanwhile, a few meters away, scattered protesters began throwing stones and sticks in retaliation at police and law enforcement, vandalizing a few businesses, private and state vehicles, and setting fire to buildings. open fields in the community and surrounding area.
Van Wyk said: “The protest action at Brackenfell required police action to uphold the law and disperse the emotional crowd. Eight protesters were arrested for public violence and are due to appear in court when charged.
“As the demonstrators dispersed, they threw stones at all the police forces as well as at businesses. Several SAPS, police vehicles, company windows as well as private vehicles were damaged.
“The crowd has since dispersed, but the situation in the region is still under surveillance. Our forces will remain in the region until we are convinced that the situation has stabilized. “
– News TBEN (@TBEN) November 20, 2020