WHITE thugs clashed with black protesters and riot cops over an alleged racist “white only” high school graduation prom in South Africa.
Police fired a stun grenade after fists – and bats – flew when fights broke out among angry demonstrators, parents and residents.
One man was arrested for allegedly shooting bullets into the air, say media reports.
Video of the violence shows Cape Town residents running towards members of South Africa‘s opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
It shows much shoving, with punches thrown and people getting kicked or beaten with bats after being thrown onto the ground.
The groups throw stones at each other, one video shows.
Far-left group EFF – which has long complained about what they see as the continued domination of South Africa’s economy by whites – were demonstrating for a second time outside Brackenfell High.
The Cape Argus newspaper said that parents, residents and security guards gathered outside the school after learning about EFF’s rally on Monday.
Protesters have demanded the sacking of two teachers and the principal after the teachers went to a private function allegedly only attended by white pupils and their parents, according to South Africa-based IOL News.
Black students hadn’t been told about the event – nor had they been invited.
One Brackenfell resident, Dante van Wyk, slammed the protest as “absolutely disrespectful”.
He turned up to the rally “to protect the school – that is why we are here”.
“The EFF will not come in Brackenfell and disturb out country,” he added.
Neil de Beer, leader of the United Independent Movement (UIM), who also turned up to support parents, said: “The people of Brackenfell, as I know them, are not racist.
“This is not a racial issue. This is an issue of the rights of children to be in peace.”