A day of activism at Clifton Beach descended into acrimony after a group of protesters marked the occasion by slaughtering a sheep at the Cape Town tourist hot-spot.
Demonstrators had gathered in their hundreds during Friday, to take action against the alleged racist employment of a private security company on one of Clifton’s secluded beaches.
Clifton Beach: Reasons for protest
Those affected were mainly people of colour, and even included local ANC figure Faiez Jacobs. They were shifted on by the PPA firm earlier this week, in what has been described as an “affront” to citizens’ rights.
Activists say the offering was a way to call on their ancestors to respond to the trauma.
Local media reported that the meat from the animal would be braaied after the ritual was complete.
Masixole Mlandu said it’s time black people defend their right to spaces such as these: “(But) also we’re here to remind the country of the inequalities that exist in South Africa, daily, as we’re going into the 2019 national elections.”
Outraged by the infringement on their civil liberties, the group – and activists scouted via social media – rocked up to Clifton Beach to reclaim this location for the people. Friday’s event has drawn nationwide attention and even prompted an appearance from Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato. He denied any racism took place during the removals.
“I am told whites, Coloureds and Africans were asked to leave the beach. I’m not sure how true that is, but if it is really true then I want to ask the question where is racism in that?”
Earlier in the day, DA leader Mmusi Maimane upset a few people with a toothless response to the controversy. However, the most divisive event took place later in the afternoon.
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By: The South African
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