EFF and ANC protestors injured, arrested during Hoërskool Overvaal protest

EFF and ANC protestors injured, arrested during Hoërskool Overvaal protest”

The Hoërskool Overvaal follows the criminal charges Afriforum laid against EFF leaders on Monday over protests at worldwide clothing retailer H&M.

SA police on Wednesday fired rubber bullets at protesters outside the Afrikaans Hoërskool Overvaal in Vereeniging, where 55 English speaking children had been turned away.

It was unclear whether a second day of protests would take place at the Hoërskool Overvaal in Vereeniging on Thursday morning.

The man who was punched reportedly tried to stop a black parent from driving past the school as she was hooting and had her fist in the air in support of the EFF protest.

The Vereeniging school also received threats overnight.

Some members of the local community threatened to burn down the school this week after a Pretoria high court ruled that the education department could not override the school's language policy.

"I give instructions that we must protest in peace and that we will not stand for any enemy that tries to disadvantage our children, schools and language".

Police had their hands full, trying to stop the clashes.

Rights group Afriforum is mulling charges of hate speech against the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) over alleged racist chants during protests at Gauteng's Hoerskool Overvaal.

But though police presence had increased outside the embattled school on Thursday morning - with about 10 police vehicles parked outside the school's main entrance and some SAPS officials are patrolling the premises on motorbikes - the situation seemed to have calmed down and EFF members were nowhere to be seen.

A number of parents were quietly standing outside the school to monitor the situation.

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