People across the country, from Cape Town to Durban, have accumulated on various beaches on Saturday [Janaury 30] to protest against current lockdown restrictions. The protest was popularised on social media after a poster did the rounds inviting Mother City residents to join in on the movement.

In a statement the City’s spokesperson for Law Enforcement, Principal Inspector Wayne Dyason said: β€œThe City of Cape Town is aware of the planned protests at some of the city’s beaches tomorrow, 30 January 2021. We request those who plan to participate to please act responsibly, to wear their masks and practice social distancing, and to be mindful that gathering on the beaches is prohibited by National Regulations as the beaches are closed to the public.”

Gatherings were spotted on Muizenberg beach.

Protesters also took to Blouberg Beach to call for an end to the ban.

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Protesters were also spotted on Fish Hoek beach.

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Under adjusted Lockdown Level 3, beaches have been closed as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The rules are regulated under the Disaster Management Act, and have been contested heavily by the Western Cape provincial government.Β 

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde and Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato have written to the president requesting that the ban be lifted.

Image: Twitter/screenshot from video

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Imogen Searra