The City of Cape Town may take legal action against the police minister after he shut down a film shoot on Camps Bay beach yesterday. Minister Bheki Cele was in Cape Town yesterday, doing walkabouts at various beaches. He shut down the film shoot based on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on Monday, that no organised events may take place on beaches. But Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith, who was at Camps Bay at the time of the film shoot, says that it formed part of work activity, and therefore should be allowed. The concept of the commercial being filmed is unclear.
The Democratic Alliance has given the government until 10 o’clock this morning to justify the closure of beaches along the Garden Route, failing which it will head to court. The DA says the closures are not in line with scientific advice. An initial deadline of 5pm yesterday was extended after the government requested more time to provide the reasons for its actions. Beaches on the Garden Route will remain closed until January 3 amid a surge in coronavirus infections. DA leader John Steenhuisen says they want similar restrictions to those imposed on KwaZulu-Natal beaches. Businesses have also complained that the closure of beaches along the Garden Route will impact the local economy as it depends on tourism for survival.
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