- South African residents were upset when a picture of a police officer patrolling the beach with a large shotgun trended on social media
- Citizens were appalled at why the police officer needed such a big gun to patrol the beach
- A young child was looking on just a few feet away from the officer, which angered some South Africans even more
The Day of Reconciliation (16 December) is usually a day to rejoice for South African but Cape Town residents were left with a sour taste. A police officer was seen walking around with a large shotgun at Clifton 4th beach, stunning many.
A number of South African citizens were shocked at the force that was used during Police Minister Bheki Cele's visit to Cape Town. Cele is already facing a number of complaints but a picture of a police officer patrolling with a huge gun went viral.
The picture shook many as the bullets were visible and the officer was only standing a few feet away from a child.
Mzansi social media users were shocked and asked themselves questions of whether or not it was necessary for the officer to patrol the beach with a gun. Some even asked who they had intended to shoot.
Briefly.co.za compiled a few reactions of social media users in South Africa:
@coffeecalcs said: "If that was my 5-year-old. Having to see that kind of fire arm out in the open at the freaking beach between people just chilling, I would've lost it."
@PaulaKernan commented: "Children should not be subjected to this. It's appalling."
@mrlapeluk said: "To be fair, Clifton beach needed armed police before Covid. Most SA beaches do."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported on a Covid-19 update. 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.
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."
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