Bheki Cele was a 'big man for the cameras': Legal battle loading

Bheki Cele was a 'big man for the cameras': Legal battle loading

- Police Minister Bheki Cele is now facing a legal challenge after clashing with a film crew

- The Minister had taken on the production team during an inspection to ensure Covid-19 compliance

- Now, the DA-led city is taking Cele on for interrupting the multi-million shoot

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Police Minister Bheki Cele recently carried out an inspection on Western Cape beaches and ended up confronting a film crew.

Cele had claimed that the production crew had broken the regulations governing beaches after the altercation made headlines.

JP Smith, a member of the City of Cape Town's Mayoral Committee, happened to be on the scene.

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Cele shut down the project, claiming it violated Covid-19 regulations. Image: Brenton Geach/Gallo Images
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Cele had shut down the production and the City now intends to pursue a costs order against the government after the million-rand project ground to a halt.

Smith is adamant that Cele had wanted to be the 'big man' in front of the cameras, commenting that:

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“The cameras were rolling and he wanted to be the big man. Unfortunately, that shoot was a R2.5 million international shoot. We have film, tourism, events industries desperate for employment and we can ill afford what happened yesterday – on a whim – misinterpreting a regulation and applying it. Somebody has to pay for the massive financial implications.”

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that 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."
Bheki Cele in confrontation with film crew on Cape Town beach

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."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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