Police and activists clashed in South Africa on Friday during a protest against a pro-white party.
Nearly 2,000 members of the Fighters for Economic Freedom, a radical left-wing political party, gathered around Brackenfell High School in Cape Town as police fired tear gas and water cannons at the crowd, Al Jazeera reported.
Police later said the organizers of the protest that only 100 people were entitled to demonstrate, but the group accused the police of being heavy-handed.
The confrontation stems from outrage from the graduating party organized by parents. The basha flyer was distributed to a WhatsApp group that included several teachers but was not shared with regular groups of classes, one student told local news site IOL, adding that it was clear that black students were not invited.
“We have groups in the WhatsApp class where information is usually shared, but the case is not such that it clearly shows that we were meant to be excluded,”
The event, called Masquerade Ball MX’20, took place at a winery in Stellenbosch on October 17th.
School officials said the party was a “private event” and was not organized by the school.
EFF protesters and white parents stormed the party on November 9th, with videos showing them hitting the streets, Al Jazeera said.
South African President Kiril Ramaphosa has called for an investigation, calling the dispute “deeply regrettable”, saying it brings back “painful memories of the past to which we should never seek to return”.
“The spectacle of parents and protesters standing at the school door is deeply unfortunate,” he said.
Apartheid in South Africa ended three decades ago, although the country remains divided by racism.