Fish Hoek protestor arrested

eNCA reporter Monique Mortlock reported from Cape Town. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - A protester in Cape Town has been arrested after not wearing a mask and assaulting an eNCA reporter on Saturday.

A group calling itself “We Are More” gathered on Fish Hoek beach, calling for an end to lockdown.

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Many of the protesters attended last week’s demonstration at Muizenberg to call for the reopening of beaches.

A man, one of the organisers of the "We Are More" protest, calling for an end to the national lockdown, was arrested, after assaulting eNCA reporter Monique Mortlock and attempting to pull her mask from her face.

“I am totally against the mask. I’m totally against the lockdown. I’m totally against the corrupt government, I mean they are telling us what to do…they’re telling us what to do but they are the ones that should be arrested,” a protestor said.

The protest continued with law enforcement keeping a close watch. 

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Clay Wilson, one of the organisers of the beach protests said, “the ultimate goal is to spread the message that people have a right and it’s time that we start expressing ourselves.”

Protestor Yaseen Johnson said, “if we allow the government to just continue to enforce rules and regulations without really considering the public, then where is it really gonna stop?”

Protest organisers say this isn’t the last of their demonstrations and they’re planning to keep up the momentum in coming weeks.

Organisers of the march have since released a statement condemning the incident and apologising to the eNCA journalist.

*Watch an interview with eNCA reporter Monique Mortlock and Duduzile Ramela above.


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