Police Minister Bheki Cele has claimed that bathers on Cape Town beaches were reckless following his inspection. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in SA.
Police Minister Bheki Cele spent Reconciliation Day combing Cape Town beaches on an inspection to ensure Covid-19 compliance.
Now, the Minister has described 'reckless behaviour' that was on display on Wednesday.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic below:
1. Cele slams 'reckless' Cape Town beach-goers
Police Minister Bheki Cele was not impressed with Cape Town beach-goers after his earlier inspection.
In a statement released by the Minister on Thursday, Cele explained that the transgressions had increased as the day went by:
“The country’s first Reconciliation Day under Lockdown level 1 on our beaches was less busy than usual. [Of] those that came out to swim, many did wear their masks and practised social distancing. However as the day progressed, the numbers increased and on some beaches there was a total disregard of health protocols which is worrying."
Cele also claimed that the film crew's permit was not valid after the argument made headlines:
“According to the permit of the production company that was handed to the SAPS, the production would go against the very rules set out by the President which are clear on what is permitted on beaches and therefore could not be allowed to continue for now."
2. Mkhize on latest statistics
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has warned SA that Covid-19 infections are reaching unacceptable.
In a statement released by the Department of Health, Mkhize commented on the spike:
"Fellow South Africans, today we have breached the ten thousand mark for new cases. Our daily cases are growing exponentially. Our positivity rate is sitting at 21%. This far exceeds the ideal positivity rate of 10%."
Mkhize noted that the current cumulative number of cases stands at 883 687 infections, commenting on fatalities that:
"Regrettably, 166 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 89, Free State 9, Gauteng 10, Kwa-Zulu Natal 25, Limpopo 2 and Western Cape 31. This brings the total to 23 827 deaths."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that after spending the morning in False Bay, the Police Minister arrived at Camps Bay where the situation quickly became heated.
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'.
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