Thuli Madonsela

Thuli Madonsela recently sparked heated conversations around the recent EFF Brackenfell High School protests following accusations of racism among certain teachers, parents and learners at the school. Taking to Twitter, Madonsela shared her opinion about what she feels the best plan of action would be going forward. Her tweet comes shortly after violence ensued outside the high school on Monday this week.

 "Our children should not be turned into political footballs. That said, violence is not a good response. While I understand the anxieties and parental instinct to protect children from an anxiety exacerbating act, a court interdict is best. #brackenfellhigh #Brackenfellhighschool"

Twitter users and exasperated locals took her statement as her siding with the parents who fought the EFF members who were protesting against the alleged racism at the high school. Read a few of their thoughts below. 

@dav13 said: "People are tired of nothing been done about EFF antics. It’s was bound to happen eventually. That said by reacting violently - no one wins except the EFF. We need actual leadership in this country that spits in the face of tactics that seek to divide."

@MusamgRSA said: "Peaceful protest are lawful in SA. You can’t call for leadership when the white minority feel they are treated unfair. Few weeks back when whites overturned a police van, you did not call for leadership. Respect all people." 

@Daniel Marven said: "Hi Thuli, did you see the first video before standing for racial behaviour? Wena you never called whites racist. You always defending them. It's fine if this makes you sleep well at night." 

In more Brackenfell High School news, reports, President Cyril Ramaphosa himself has commented on the controversial Brackenfell High School ordeal. In a statement issued by the Presidency on Tuesday, Ramaphosa described the incident as deeply regrettable and called on all involved to 'act responsibly': 

“At this most important and difficult time for matriculants not only at Brackenfell High School but around the country, the spectacle of parents and protestors coming to blows at the school gate is deeply unfortunate." 

The President defended the EFF's involvement by pointing out that citizens have the right to engage in peaceful protest: 

“It is the right of every South African to engage in peaceful protest, and any actions to suppress the right to freedom of expression, particularly through violence and intimidation, must be roundly condemned."