Clifton saga 'deeper than just eviction'

CAPE TOWN - The Parliamentary inquiry into the Clifton beach saga has heard testimony attempting to find out who issued the instructions to security company PPA.

It remains unclear who instructed PPA to evacuate beachgoers from the beach last December.

The incident has brought into focus the huge divide between black and white, rich and poor in Cape Town.

Several parties denied giving PPA the green light.

Some point out that the issue goes deeper than just the eviction.

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Beachgoer Seehaam Semaai said "it was not just about the eviction and who was the evicted, but who ultimately the eviction benefits".

"The incident was generally portrayed as a racially-motivated act against certain groups of people, however, we were all asked to leave.

"The racism was embedded in the structural inequalities perpetuated by the actions of the security company upon the instruction of ratepayers and I would say known by the City of Cape Town."

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs is probing the matter.

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PPA allegedly told the revellers they were acting on behalf of the city.

The City denied this claim and stated they would not enact a policy of restricting access to public facilities.

Police say PPA acted unlawfully.

Hendrick Burger from the Western Cape police said "the law doesn't allow security people to execute any functions on public property or public streets unless it is a very serious offense."

PPA's Chris Diedericks said their clients were from Fourth Beach, residents, and Camps Bay private business owners.

Community policing forums groups in the area say they had nothing to do with PPA and that the issue has been turned into a political football ahead of the elections.

Many also say it's apartheid's spatial planning that has come back to bite Cape Town authorities.