Blood and anger

Racial divisions and tensions marred the beginning of the school year with weeklong violent protests at Hoërskool Overvaal in Vereeniging, Gauteng, this week.

Protesters wanted the school to admit 55 non-Afrikaans speaking pupils despite a high court ruling against government’s plan to
enrol them there.

The protesters leading the demonstrations were affiliated to the ANC, the Economic Freedom Fighters and the Congress of South African Students.

On Thursday, the Human Rights Commission visited the school to try to restore calm.

It called for restraint and assured parents that their children were safe, despite the ongoing violence.

Police used rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse a crowd of people who were protesting outside the Hoerskool Overvaal,they were burning tyres in front of the entrance and singing freedom songs,some protesters got injured, some were arrested. Picture: Rosetta Msimango