- It seems as if Bheki Cele has backed off after causing drama over a Cape Town film shoot
- The Police Minister has agreed not to interfere with any more shoots after a settlement was reached
- The City of Cape Town has, in response, withdrawn its application requesting an interdict against the Minister
The City of Cape Town has opted to withdraw a court application seeking to interdict Police Minister Bheki Cele against interfering from filming on local beaches.
The law enforcement authorities have agreed not to interfere with film shoots so long as the City has issued the relevant permit.
City of Cape Town MAYCO member JP Smith has naturally enjoyed the victory, commenting that:
"This is an important victory for federalism and the rights of local government when it is subjected to arbitrary and unlawful interference by national government office bearers. Film industry, our doors are open for business."
Smith said that he is grateful that the matter could be resolved so quickly and ensure that the industry could resume its business without too much of a delay.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that 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."
Cele had been carrying out an inspection on the Western Cape coast when the incident had taken place.
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