Hoerskool Overvaal protests spiral

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This week a court found that Hoërskool Overvaal was legally entitled to refuse to enrol 55 English-speaking pupils. " / Protesters are pictured inside a police vehicle following the petrol bombing of a police auto outside Hoerskool Overvaal in Vereeniging on the second day of protests there".

Police fired rubber bullets around 2pm to disperse the crowd after smoke was spotted emanating from the petrol bombed police van. Members of the police arrest protesters following the petrol bombing of a police vehicle outside Hoerskool Overvaal in Vereeniging on the second day of protests there.

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.

A delegation from the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has been monitoring the situation at Hoerskool Overvaal and has met with officials from the school, the police and demonstrators.

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Despite the fact that Lesufi has expressed on more than one occasion that this initiative won't force schools to stop teaching in Afrikaans nor limit the schooling of Afrikaans speaking pupils, lobby group AfriForum says the conflict should be blamed squarely on Gauteng Education MEC.

The Economic Freedom Fighters have been staging a protest outside the school since this morning, to show their anger at the department's slowness in transformation at schools.

The SAHRC has called on all parties to act with restraint and to ensure that demonstrations remain peaceful.

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