The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called on the Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato to “apologise or resign” following a viral video of Plato telling a resident to “shut up” in Ocean View.
Plato came under fire last week after he told the resident to “shut up” while on a walkabout in Ocean View where he had visited the area to observe the work of neighbourhood watch.
Cape Town ‘mayor’ responds to a question about housing by an Ocean View resident by telling him to ‘Shut up!’.
The joke about ‘this city works for you’ continues. https://t.co/za5nN4VX1G
— Dougie Oakes (@dougieoakes) March 22, 2021
He was caught on camera when being confronted by a resident who questioned him about a housing project, EWN reported.
Plato however, lost control and told him to “shut up”.
Following the incident, Provincial EFF spokesperson Wandile Kasibe said if he was unable to apologise for his behaviour, Plato should resign, according to IOL.
“Not so long ago the same mayor made insensitive remarks when the Western Cape was mourning the death of young children who had fallen into a sand hole near N2/Borcherds Quarry intersection. We call for the mayor to apologise for taking away the constitutional right of a citizen to ask a question. If he is unable to apologise for his behaviour he must do the right thing and resign,” Kasibe was quoted as saying.
The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has also slammed Plato’s conduct for being “unbecoming of the office he holds”, IOL said in a separate report.