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ANC threatens to march over access to Saldanha Bay beach

The Saldanha Bay mayor has told EWN the system was introduced in an attempt to curb late night partying and vandalism.

Picture: freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) West Coast spokesperson is threatening to stage a march against the introduction of a residential card system in Saldanha Bay.

Tempers have flared in the Democratic Alliance (DA)-led municipality after the documents were issued to about a dozen residents living on a street adjacent to the beachfront.

People who don't have the cards are not allowed to use nearby parking bays.

The mayor has told Eyewitness News the system was introduced in an attempt to curb late night partying and vandalism.

The ANC's West Coast regional spokesperson, Sammy Claassen, is adamant the e-card system discriminates.

“He mustn’t come up with law enforcement as a disguise to institute apartheid-style tactics against our people, to restrict our movement.”

Claassen has compared it to apartheid-era measures to restrict movement.

“They must open up. The community is already mobilising themselves to protest to that area. They mustn’t underestimate Saldanha Bay. They’re making a big mistake.”

He says he'll organise a march together with locals to the beachfront, should the restrictions not be lifted immediately.

Saldanha Mayor Marius Koen says local government issued the cards in response to pleas from residents.

“Can you imagine staying there until 3am or 4am in the morning with music going on? When the owners walk out they're intimidated and threatened. There are bottles lying everywhere.”

The mayor says prospective marchers will have to apply for permission to take to the streets.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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