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Brackenfell: 8 EFF "protestors" released on warning

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The eight protesters arrested on Friday after hundreds of members of the EFF marched to Brackenfell High School in Cape Town to protest against alleged racism were released on warning.

Eric Ntabazalila, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the Western Cape, says the suspects appeared in the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning on public violence charges before being released on warning.

The case was adjourned until February 12 for further investigation.

The case against the public member who was arrested during the protest on a charge of incitement was not placed on the court roll. The dossier was returned to the police for further investigation.

The Cape Town Metro Council intends a civil claim against the EFF to recover the damage caused to municipal property in Brackenfell during Friday’s protest.

“Preliminary reports indicate that a fire engine was burnt out, that roads and traffic lights were damaged and that the EFF protesters set a field on fire,” the council said in a statement. The cost of the damage has yet to be calculated.

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