On Saturday, July 24, roughly 200 maskless protestors gathered in Sea Point to bring their ‘anti-vaccine’ message across. This was part of what seemed to be a Global Protest for anti-vaxxers, which extended to regions like Paris and London.
Anti Lockdown protests all around the world right now and no social media or mainstream media news anywhere about it… Sea Point Cape Town pic.twitter.com/hA6g6XO1l3
— Bren Martens (@BrenMaartens) July 24, 2021
Thread with world wide freedom protests
Over 100 protests have been announced worldwide for July 24th 2021
Capetown, South Africa pic.twitter.com/rahSShqGZZ
— Wide Awake in Switzerland (@timetowakeupsw1) July 24, 2021
On Twitter, some people fought back at the protestors who were ‘fighting the system’.
Just walked past an ‘anti-vax’ protest in Sea Point (no masks in sight BTW)
The signs read: “The system is killing us”; “Don’t get the prick”.
Also note: this was conveniently happening next to a coffee cart which all of them were buying from.. Ja, screw the system hey 🙄
— Cato Louw (@catolouw) July 24, 2021
‘My body my choice’ roared at Sea Point Boulevard. These posters not only expressed the anti-vaccine messages but also messages that masks should be a choice. Some people went as far as to call it a protest against Covid ‘tyranny’.
I salute!!!the people of Cape Town. Mandotory vaccination is against freedom of choice. We can’t allow the gov to imposed it on us indirectly forcefully. My body,my choice!!!. France,Greece and UK they r all engaged in protest actions against covid regulations.
— Sneh (@kunene012005) July 25, 2021
Cape Town, South Africa protests against C0vid tyranny! pic.twitter.com/I1JDiKndbQ
— Trump Trash Deplorable (@DeplorableWHN) July 24, 2021
Some went on to express that there is a lot more that should be focused on than an optional vaccine.
Saw a anti-vaxx protest is happening in Cape Town. Technically no one is forcing you to take the vaccine. What’s the real issue here? That it exist and there’s millions of people willing and ready to take it? What are you fighting for here?
— Mashudu Modau (@Mashstartup) July 24, 2021
Cape Town is citizens are weird, protest for the most random stuff.
Theirs taxi strikes,drug problem,poverty , gang related violence/deaths etc
But they choose the most irrelevant stuff to protest about https://t.co/kqcIhzEPuW
— Jada (@dee_Liaha) July 24, 2021
According to police spokesperson André Traut, the protest was peaceful and monitored by police.
However, despite the ‘peaceful’ nature of the protest, people questioned why a protest of this nature, in the heat of the third wave where being in public without a mask is illegal, was allowed.
Hope you feeling better today. This delta variant is fierce. Don’t understand why government allowed the anti-vax protest march in Sea point, Cape Town. Did they not transgress the law, and spread false information. This is skew accountability – Mr Cele, where are the police.
— Paul Manuel Williams (@PaulManuelWill1) July 25, 2021
In this delta variant induced third wave , there are anti-vaccine protests going on in Cape Town
— ❤️🔥 (@POESKROES) July 24, 2021
Considering that the vaccines aren’t mandatory, the question begs as to what the protests were hoping to achieve. If they were also fighting lockdown, then surely contributing to potential spikes in numbers by means of a mass gathering, was a bit counter-productive, to say the least.