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City blames police officer for 'allowing' slaughter of sheep at Clifton Beach

A group of activists occupied the beach on Friday to slaughter the animal to drive away the spirit of racism and reclaim the space.

Activists from lobby group Black People’s National Crisis Committee brought a sheep to slaughter on the beach for a cleansing ceremony. Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has blamed a senior police member for allowing a sheep to be slaughtered at Clifton Fourth Beach.

A group of activists occupied the beach on Friday to slaughter the animal to drive away the spirit of racism and reclaim the space.

Beachgoers complained that members of a private security company removed them off the public beach after sunset.

The City's JP Smith says law enforcement officials were given strict instructions to stop protesters from bringing the sheep to the beach.

“They had initially thought the sheep was dead because it was mentioned that when they moved closer towards the crowd, they discovered that the sheep was still alive. It appeared to be wounded before and on this basis, I think there’s a basis for a charge of cruelty to animals.”

The City and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals say they will lay charges on Sunday against the protestors, as well as, the police official.

Meanwhile, former mayoral committee member Brett Herron has called out the City's political leadership over the Clifton Fourth Beach matter.

Herron has added his voice to criticism of Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato for not weighing in on the issue earlier.

Herron resigned from the City’s mayoral committee earlier this year claiming city management was not committed to building an open and inclusive city.

He says there are several issues surrounding the Clifton beach issue that concern him.

“The executive mayor released a statement five or six days after the event. So, I think the political leadership has been absent or avoiding this incident and allowing the administration and the executive director to face the music and to face the people.”

[VIDEO] Activists slaughter a sheep to cleanse Clifton Beach of racism