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CT mayor: 'Clifton beach incident wasn’t racial'

Dan Plato says the city's investigation shows that all beachgoers, regardless of racial group, were asked to leave.

Clifton Beach in Cape Town. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato maintains that there was no racial discrimination in the Clifton beach incident in which beachgoers were asked to vacate 4th Beach.

Plato says the city's investigation shows that all beachgoers, regardless of racial group, were asked to leave.

He adds that the city will on Wednesday lay a complaint with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority against the private security company.

“Looking at the public outcry around the Clifton beach issue, I feel it’s appropriate for the City of Cape Town to ask PSIRA, the governing body over all private security entities in South Africa, just to give the situation a look.”

Faiez Jacobs, provincial secretary for African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape, has filed an intimidation charge against private security company, PA.

Jacobs was one of the beachgoers who was last week kicked off Clifton's 4th Beach by PPA.

The Bungalow Owners’ Association's Diane Boynton says it has never had any agreement with the private security company.

“The association has absolutely no interest or association with PPA. We’ve never, ever been in any discussion.”

However, Boynton says private property owners in the area have employed PPA to secure the safety of their residences.

Meanwhile, David Raad, owner of prominent Camps Bay business Cafe Caprice, says the Camps Bay Business Forum contracted the services of PPA to help manage safety and security issues that many of the businesses on Victoria Road have been experiencing.

"The main issue was to provide visible security to help prevent opportunistic and violent crime that seemed to be affecting the area. We had complaints that people didn't feel safe any longer walking along the strip," he said in a statement.

"The reason PPA was chosen was that they had experience in dealing with some of these issues in areas such as Mouille Point and Sea Point and there (sic) staff would be trained to work within the framework of the laws and bylaws. As far as I am aware there have been joint operations with SAPS and or Law Enforcement as there seemed to be a working relationship between themselves and PPA.

"As far as vendors go once news on social media broke about the vendors being harassed I was concerned by the incident and immediately called the operating team at PPA to find out more about this and was told all they were doing was checking if Vendors had permits and if they didn't they would call in law enforcement to deal with the situation. Camps Bay always have (sic) an influx of illegal vendors over the holiday period and this seemed like a reasonable measure to manage the situation.

"There have been no discussions with PPA or any other security company about beach closures at any time of the day and there (sic) mandate was only for the business strip.

"As far as Clifton is concerned we are not aware whom contracted PPA in that area and what there (sic) mandate is."

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