Beach arrests sparks debate on social media: "They broke the law"

Beach arrests sparks debate on social media: "They broke the law"

- A Twitter user posted pictures of people allegedly being arrested for swimming at the beach

- He commented on if it was necessary to arrest the people and his post generated quite a debate online

- Social media users weighed in with their opinions of the incident with some saying that beaches are closed

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A Twitter user, Cy Jacobs, @Cy360NE, posted a pic showing people allegedly being arrested for breaking Covid-19 regulation which has seen beaches across the country being closed.

He questioned if it was really necessary to arrest people trying to enjoy a quiet morning swim. His post generated quite a debate on social media.

He captioned the pics of people being loaded into police cars with:

"Is it really necessary to be arresting people for a quiet early morning swim in the Sea. Taken away, wet and cold."
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Beach arrests sparks debate on social media: "They broke the law"

A Twitter user's social media post sparked a debate over people getting arrested for using beaches. Photo credit: @Cy36ONE
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He couldn't believe how emotional people were getting over the subject:

"Wow, just can’t believe how many comments, an emotive issue. Anyway, the officers have it tough trying to enforce it, it’s not their law, so sympathies to them. The problem is the law just nonsensical, as nothing better than fresh air and sea for Covid and the soul ."

Here are some the reactions from social media users on the controversial subject:

@sthebeworldwide:

"You're complaining because it's whites getting arrested if it were blacks you wouldn't tweet this nonsense. Actually, they must Jail them for 4 years mxm. You think you're special in this country. It ends here. Quiet or loud morning you shall be arrested."

@African_Spring:

"Beaches are closed...which part of this is hard to understand?"

@SashtonSean:

"Just another day of awesome crime-fighting work by our great police force."

@ChristoThurston:

"Mr Jacobs, please wake up and smell the coffee. All beaches are closed and if some think they are entitled to get wet and cold, the law must take its course. Please do not make noise about some, 'quiet early morning swim'."
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@Fez_SA:

"Good. They broke the law. Who do they think they are that they're exempt?"

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a video showing a woman at Muizenberg beach in Cape Town has gained quite a few views on Twitter. A cameraman approaches the unknown woman as she asks "who the hell are you" repeatedly.

She pushes the camera down and the video cuts to a police van pulling up in front of her. The unmasked woman walks up to the van. The officer asks her to put on a mask and she lifts her beach towel to her face.

The woman argues with the officer for a bit before the video ends. Many South African tweeps are frustrated that the woman was not arrested or fined for being unmasked and violating lockdown regulations by being on the beach.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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