- Police Minister Bheki Cele is combing Cape Town beaches checking for compliance with lockdown restrictions
- During the visit to Camps Bay, Cele ended up having a scratchy altercation on the sandy shore
- The inspection was otherwise rather jovial for the usually tight-lipped official
Police Minister is hunting for Covid-19 violations in the Western Cape after the announcement that certain beaches should close.
After spending the morning in False Bay, the Police Minister arrived at Camps Bay where the situation quickly became heated.
Naturally, the media made the most of Cele navigating the shoreline, with cameras and journalists covering the event.
The Minister, used to this kind of attention, ensured that masks were in place and socialising sunbathers were properly distanced.
The situation became sticky when Cele happened across a film crew attempting to shoot a commercial.
Journalist Sisonke Mlamla managed to capture the altercation between the Minister and a member of the team.
Cele can be heard accusing the production crew that the law was being broken and that the filming would need to cease.
Despite the confrontation, the crew member brushed off the accusation by pointing out that they had received permission to film by the City of Cape Town.
Cele's tone changed with the Minister promising that both sides would 'sit down and work something out'.
Cele drove home the point that the Western Cape province is not ‘above the law’, commenting that:
“It is very clear and everyone knows that we have the option to close beaches if we see non-compliance. There could also be partial closures. I am here today to report back to the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) to tell them what I have found during my visit to these beaches.”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Police Minister Bheki Cele has dedicated more resources to ensuring compliance with lockdown restrictions.
This comes after the minister visited the Western Cape on a 'Safer Festive Season' inspection tour. Cele highlighted that the police are working on the 'crime situation', saying that the operation is moving to different regions in a bid to understand the situation in different communities.
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