The Clifton beach crisis where it was alleged that a private security ordered ANC Faiez Jacobs, his family and other beach goers out of the beach has taken a fresh twist.
Earlier, the ANC in the Western Cape expressed outrage after its provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs and his family were ordered to leave Clifton’s 4th Beach by a private security company. The party has accused the security company of “giving itself the authority to ignore our Constitution” and illegally ordering citizens to leave the popular beach.
However, a group of people, including ANC provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs, are planning a “protest picnic” after being told by private security guards to leave Clifton Beach because it was “closing” at 8 pm.Two guards from Professional Protection Alternatives (PPA) Security approached Jacobs and his group of 15 people on 4th Beach on Monday evening.
Lobby group Black People’s National Crisis Committee will lead a protest march to Clifton Beach on Friday. The group will also hold a cleansing ceremony calling for the end of the exclusion of black people at the beach.
“The offering of the sheep is calling on our ancestors to respond to our trauma at the hands of white people over the years,” activist Chumani Maxwele.
The security company has denied the claims, stating that its guards were just accompanying City of Cape Town law enforcement after two teenage girls were allegedly raped.
“We were requested to accompany law enforcement as our tactical officers are highly trained and skilled professionals. If anyone claims they were on the beach and chased away they would have seen that it was absolute mayhem and that law enforcement were really doing a great job to stabilise the situation – we did not close the beach,” PPA CEO Alwyn Landman
Shortly before 8 pm two private security guards approached the group and told them that the beach was about to close and that they needed to leave.
When members of Jacobs’ group quizzed the duo about their identity the men “reluctantly disclosed that they were not law enforcement officers, but were under instructions to clear the beach at 8 pm every night from December 16”.
“The group of friends stood their ground, refusing to leave, and telling the illegal curfew-enforcers that their action was against the law. However, the beach was cleared. Some of those who left were clearly under the impression that those closing 4th Beach were South African Police Service officers with the authority to close a beach,” the ANC said.