Following the shameful situation that ensued at the Clifton beach, which saw private security company chase people away, several organisations have now laid criminal charges, while others have called for a full-scale investigation.
The tension on Friday degenerate with demonstrators clashing with residents.
Already, the South African First forum has laid charges against the PPA company.
According to its convener advocate Rod Solomons, his organisation, which is a collective of locals who say they are committed to changing the future for the better for all citizens, had also written to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to investigate the matter to determine “who gave a private security company the authority to perform a security function on a public beach”.
“We do this in order to find the whole truth and, if necessary, ensure that the relevant people be held accountable and there [are] consequences for any wrongdoing.”
Similarly, the City however, on Friday issued a statement distancing itself from PPA. It said that it had not given any private company authority to enforce by-laws.
“We have written to the private security regulatory authority (PSIRA), to investigate the conduct of PPA. If anything untoward is to be discovered, [PPA] will have to be sanctioned and, if necessary, lose its operating licence,” said Solomons.
Western Cape police confirmed on Thursday that they were investigating a security company on three charges of assault. They did not name the security company.
South Africa First Forum laid fraud charges against a private security company at the centre of the controversy relating to Clifton beach that reached fever pitch when local residents clashed with protesters on Friday evening.
Government through the Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, called for an investigation into PPA’s operations at the beach.
The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs said it was appalled by reports of the incident.
“We will definitely summon the City of Cape Town and the Professional Protection Alternatives (PPA) Security company or any other party that might have been involved in this unfortunate incident to appear before the committee in the new year as soon as Parliament resumes its business,” chairperson of the committee, Phillemon Mapulane said in a statement.