Citizen Reporter
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25 Jan 2021
1:32 pm

Suspect in court for discharging firearm during EFF’s Brackenfell protest

Citizen Reporter

The NPA says the suspect appeared in court for discharging a firearm in a public space and not for the accusation of assaulting EFF members.

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A 38-year-old man appeared in the Kuilsriver Magistrate’s Court for discharging a firearm in a public space during EFF protests at Brackenfell, Cape Town, last year.

Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the Western Cape, Eric Ntabazalila, said Jaco Pretorius – who is out on a warning – was due back in court on 19 February as the matter was postponed on Monday for further investigations.

Ntabazalila said Pretorius appeared in court for discharging the firearm, which is legally registered to him, in a public space and not for the allegation of assaulting supporters of the EFF.

A fight broke out between EFF members and residents during a protest against racism outside Brackenfell High School last year.

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The EFF had protested outside the school in Cape Town after allegations surfaced on social media that a matric farewell event was held strictly for white pupils.

On Monday, the EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi took to Twitter to accuse “mainstream media” of failing to report on Pretorius’s court appearance.

Compiled by Makhosandile Zulu 

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