City of Cape Town threatens legal action after Bheki Cele shuts down film crew on beach

Bheki Cele

The City of Cape Town is threatening legal action after Minister of Police Bheki Cele shut down a film crew on Camps Bay beach yesterday Wednesday, 16 December.

While conducting an inspection to ensure the public was complying with new regulations, Minister Cele interrupted a crew that was filming on the beach and forced them to shut down. Cele argued that filming could not continue, as it went against regulations. It is believed the crew was shooting a commercial and had permission and the relevant permits to do so.

According to New24, DA member and City of Cape Town’s Mayco Member for Safety Security, JP Smith, told Bheki Cele, “I’m happy to take this up with the filming officer. Our head of filming assured me that this is within regulations.”

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“Shutting down the film production without proper cause is an illegal action and it goes against the current national state of disaster regulations, which allows the film industry to continue working,” Smith said. “I am concerned that a political office bearer appears to be issuing unlawful instructions to operating staff where SAPS officers continued to execute this unlawful behaviour.”

The City of Cape Town now plans to approach the Western Cape High Court for an interdict against police interference following the incident with Bheki Cele.

According to Cele, “the permit of the production company that was handed to the SAPS, [shows] the production would go against the very rules set out by the President, which is clear on what is permitted on beaches and therefore could not be allowed to continue as such.”

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