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18 Jan 2018
4:23 pm

VIDEOS: Protesters refuse to back down as violence continues at Hoërskool Overvaal


The second day of violent protests at Hoërskool Overvaal has been marred by petrol bombs and mass arrests.

A member of the EFF stands outside Hoerskool Overvaal in Vereeneging on 17 January 2018. Members of the ANC, EFF and parents protested outside the school due to a court ruling supporting the school not include English First Language students this year as it is an Afrikaans school. Picture: Yeshiel Panchia

Protesters once again gathered outside Hoërskool Overvaal in Vereeniging this morning.

Yesterday’s protests started out peacefully, but quickly went sour, as police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the steadily growing crowd of demonstrators.

Rival political parties African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members joined hands in protest against the exclusion of non-Afrikaans-speaking learners at the high school.

Today, protestors threw a petrol bomb at a police car, and continued to picket outside the school.

The Gauteng department of education has condemned the actions of the ANC and the EFF. The department has also said that the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has been asked facilitate talks to end the tension between the school’s parents and protesters. The SAHRC has assured parents of Overvaal students that their children are safe.

Protestors remain adamant that the rejection of 55 pupils at Hoërskool Overvaal is blatant racism, and they have vowed to continue their actions. Some even provoked police, asking them to shoot them.

The 55 pupils have been sent to an alternative school, nearby Riverside High School.

Watch how today’s protests unfolded:








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