Cape Town authorities slam security firm involved in Clifton beach race row

“The city has acted swiftly to address the conduct of PPA staff … Any person who feels that they have been threatened or intimated by PPA staff can lay a charge with the SA Police Service.”

Local activist Chumani Maxwele alleged that the guards had targeted black people on the beach, which attracts huge crowds over the holiday season.

“These private security guards are hired by the Clifton (residents), they are actually briefed to not allow black people who appear to look like they are from the townships or criminals onto the beach,” he told the News 24 website.

PPA CEO Alwyn Landman said that the company’s guards did not close the beach, but acted to protect local residents after alleged criminal activity caused “mayhem”.

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