Protesters aim for Clifton beach as cops deny security firm ‘rape’ claim

Co-organiser and  #FeesMustFall activist Chumani Maxwele said he was one of the beachgoers who were driven off the beach on Sunday. He said wealthy homeowners thought they were entitled to the beach.

“We were here that evening,” said Maxwele. “We know white people are offended by black people on the beach. If you visit the First to the Fourth beaches you will find that the beaches are personalised. The discrimination of black people in these areas is so deep.”

Activist Fatima Shabodien, who has been vocal about the matter on social media, said she would support Friday’s protest and had organised another for Saturday evening.

Shabodien was one of the beachgoers who questioned the security company’s authority when they were told the beach closes at 8pm.

“We understand that there is action planned for Gordon’s Bay as well,” she said. “This thing is widespread. We will support our comrades from #FeesMustFall, they are not the enemy. We are clear on who the enemy is.”

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