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DA councillor in hot water over offensive Facebook post

Shayne Ramsay posted that residents should stop giving handouts to car guards, beggars and street people living in Sea Point.

FILE: Democratic Alliance logo. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN – The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape has called for the immediate suspension of Democratic Alliance (DA) Councillor Shayne Ramsay.

Ramsay posted on social media platform Facebook that residents should stop giving handouts to car guards, beggars and street people living in Sea Point.

The post has been deleted by Ramsay following an outcry on social media, but a screengrab has been making the rounds on Twitter.

The Western Cape ANC has slammed the Facebook post by City of Cape Town Councillor Shayne Ramsay as racist and dehumanising poor, black people.

Ramsay has since called off an intended ‘March Against Grime’ to rid the Sea Point Community of homeless people.
ANC provincial spokesperson Yonela Diko says the DA should suspend Ramsay with immediate effect.

“The loose categorisation of South Africans as ‘mentally retarded’ and ‘social outcasts’ just because they are homeless is not only ignorant but dangerous.”

Chairperson of the City of Cape Town’s Disciplinary Committee Benidicta Van Minnen says the matter is being attended to.

“At this particular point the matter is being investigated by the City, and we are not in the position to make any further comments.”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)