Travel News

Protests Erupt After Black Visitors Were Asked To Leave Cape Town Beach

By Sharelle Burt

Share

Protests erupted at Cape Town’s Clifton 4th beach after security guards were accused of telling black tourists to leave.

Demonstrators, organized by the Black People’s National Crisis Committee, said that amongst all the visitors at the South Africa beach, black people were targeted by the guards. The guard were apparently were hired by residents. After claims of rape, the firm says it was acting with police to protect residents from crime. Dan Plato, mayor of Cape Town, said the guards asked people of all races to leave and that claims of targeting black people specifically are false. Plato also said the firm “had no authority to ask anyone to leave Clifton beach.”

“We will not allow any private organizations to limit access to our public spaces,” Plato said.

Things started getting out of hand when demonstrators decided to perform a ceremony by slaughtering a sheep to cleanse the beach of racism, a practice that was immediately challenged by animal wellness protestors.

RELATED: Johannesburg, South Africa: Best Local Cuisine 

Reports of sexual assault around the beach surfaced three days before Christmas. Beachgoers weren’t going for it and apparently stopped it. Police said no rape was officially reported, but officials had information about the assault of a 15-year-old girl.


“If anyone claims they were on the beach and chased away they would have seen that it was absolute mayhem and that law enforcement was really doing a great job to stabilize the situation,” security firm chief executive Alwyn Landman said. “We did not close the beach.”

Local activists and protestors are standing their ground and disagree with the claim. They believe the guards were trained to discriminate.

“These private security guards are actually briefed to not allow black people who appear to look like they are from the townships on to the beach,” local activist Chumani Maxwele said. Maxwele started the hashtag #ReclaimClifton and witnessed the sheep killing.

“The offering of the sheep is calling on our ancestors to respond to our trauma at the hands of white people over the years,” Maxwele said.

The beach clearing reminded people of South Africa’s apartheid era when black and white people were segregated in public areas. Footage released shows black and white people arguing and pushing each other. Things calmed down later after people of all races were seen dancing together in solidarity.

Share
Travel Noire

Sharelle Burt

Want more?

Get exclusive, unpublished tips from Travel Noire's CEO to help you get off the beaten path, into the hearts of locals and onto a better, more cultured life.

United Airlines Will Soon Fly Nonstop To Cape Town, South Africa

United Airlines Will Soon Fly Nonstop To Cape Town, South Africa

Flying to the Motherland is about to get much easier. United Airlines recently announced its plans to launch a nonstop service from Newark, New Jersey to Cape Town, South Africa in December. This announcement makes United the first airline to offer this particular route. It is also United’s first route to Africa in three years. […]

DeAnna Taylor

Things To Know Before You Go To Cape Town, South Africa

Things To Know Before You Go To Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is one of the most popular cities in South Africa, next to Johannesburg and Durban. No matter what you may enjoy while traveling, Cape Town has something to spark your interest. Here are a few things to know before you visit. Things are very inexpensive While you may get to Cape Town and […]

DeAnna Taylor

The Most Beautiful Airbnbs In Cape Town, South Africa

The Most Beautiful Airbnbs In Cape Town, South Africa

Are you planning a trip to Cape Town? These incredible Airbnb rentals offer immaculate design details and some of the most impressive views in the city. Modern, Chic Penthouse with Mountain, City & Sea Views It doesn’t get much better than this. For around $141 a night you can enjoy this stunning penthouse home with […]

Leah Freeman-Haskin