- The City of Cape Town claims that Minister Bheki Cele's antics could cost the film industry R24 million
- This after the minister stopped a production crew from filming on a Western Cape beach
- Cele is now facing legal action as the metro attempts to take him on for 'unlawful interference'
The City of Cape Town claims that Minister Bheki Cele's 'bully tactics' could end up costing the local film economy R24 million as productions cancel shoots.
In a statement issued on Friday, the region slammed the Police Minister for closing down a 'legitimate and permitted' shoot, which it claims has resulted in the cancellation of 11 additional film shoots over fears for further 'financial losses if shut down irregularly and without due cause by the SAPS'.
Mayor Dan Plato pointed out that Cele had failed as the National Commissioner, commenting that:
"Bheki Cele is not the National Commissioner anymore - he was fired from that position in 2012 and is now a minister, who has no authority to instruct a police officer."
The metro has approached the High Court seeking an interdict to stop the SAPS from 'further unlawful interference in legitimate film shoots'.
Plato vowed to approach President Cyril Ramaphosa over the matter, commenting further that:
"I will be writing to the President to ask if he supports his National Minister’s destructive and unlawful behaviour, and if not, what action he plans to take to address his Minister’s bully tactics. Minister Cele’s unlawful conduct includes the issuing of instructions to operational SAPS staff, which he has no authority to do."
Plato also challenged Cele to take real action instead of policing the region's beaches:
"Instead of policing beaches with heavily armed police officers and intimidating innocent sun bathers, the National Police Minister should be in our most crime affected communities, making sure that gangsters are caught and put behind bars, making our communities safer. "
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that 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.
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.
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