- The EFF are furious with the Western Cape police and the City of Cape Town for their handling of the beach protests which took place at Muizenberg Beach on Saturday
- The EFF accused the police of racism due to the different approach they took to the Bellville protestors and the beach protestors
- The EFF claimed that since the beach protestors were white they were treated differently
The Economic Freedom Front wants the police who were at the scene of the Muizenberg Beach protests to be arrested for not enforcing the lockdown regulations.
On Saturday, hundreds of protestors descended on Muizenberg Beach in defiance of the lockdown regulations which have made beaches off-limits during the lockdown.
The EFF wants those officers were present to be suspended in a statement released on Twitter.
The political party accused the police of bias, saying that if they could use water cannons against pensioners protesting Bellville, they wanted to know why the same measures were not used against the protestors at the beach.
The EFF accused the police of racism and of treating the white protesters differently.
Additionally, the EFF called for the City of Cape Town to also be held accountable for the situaion.
"EFF Western Cape calls for the immediate suspension of the law enforcement officers who failed to enforce COVID-19 regulations. We also call on the City of Cape Town to be held accountable."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that hundreds of people swarmed Muizenberg beach in protest of the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions which forbid people gathering in groups and visiting beaches.
Cape Town authorities are attempting to send the crowds home; their efforts are taking longer than anticipated.
Some of the protestors took to the water to swim and surf in direct violation of the lockdown rules which came into effect 10 months ago.
In other news, the alcohol ban during the adjusted level 3 of lockdown is making it difficult for restaurants to make money during the pandemic. Restaurant owners are now set to protest against the government for closing down alcohol sales.
Liquor traders have also been calling for the ban to be lifted since alcohol sales have been prohibited since 28 December 2020.
The Restaurant Association of South Africa (RASA) decided to do a sit-in at the Union Buildings in Pretoria earlier today. The association is arguing that closing the sale of alcohol has led to the loss of more jobs in their industry.
“It is a very, very emotional, very devastating time for our industry as many of these restaurants will never ever be able to open if we don’t do something immediately," said Wendy Alberts, from the association.
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