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Minister Cele instructs SAPS to act illegally in shutting down permitted film production on Camp’s Bay beach<p>​</p><p>The City of Cape Town is approaching the Western Cape High Court on an urgent basis for an interdict against the South African Police Service’s interference in a film production on Camp’s Bay beach. </p><p>Minister Bheki Cele this morning instructed over 30 police officers to close down a film production which is legally permitted by the City’s Film Permit Office.  </p><p>The office is authorised in terms of the City’s Film By-law to issue the relevant permits to commence filming in public spaces.</p><p>Shutting down the film production without proper cause is an illegal action and it goes against the current national state of disaster regulations which allow the film industry to continue working.</p><p>I am concerned about the autocratic manner in which the minister behaved this morning. It is concerning that a political office bearer appears to be issuing unlawful instructions to operational staff where SAPS officers continued to execute this unlawful behaviour.</p><p>I expect that Minister Cele, as a member of the National Coronavirus Command Council, would be aware that since alert level 4, film and TV production sets have been deemed workspaces and allowed to operate under the risk adjusted strategy. </p><p>It is also important to note that the latest regulations gazetted on Tuesday 15 December 2020 do not prohibit filming on beaches in Cape Town.</p><p>The regulations only prohibit the hosting of festivals, live music, live performances and loud music at beaches.</p><p>Filming is a work activity and should not be misconstrued as a recreational activity as Minister Cele did this morning. </p><p>We are therefore asking the High Court to prohibit the Minister of Police from overstepping the scope of his authority. </p><p>As the City of Cape Town, we are aware of the risk posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and it is in this regard that we drafted Standard Operating Procedures for filming, which clearly outline the health protocols to ensure film sets are safe work environments. </p><p>They also regulate the number of people on set at a particular time to ensure proper physical distancing. </p><p>The protocols can be found on filmcapetown.com</p><p>This is an important industry, not only to Cape Town’s economy but the country’s GDP.  It contributes about R3.5 billion a year to the local economy and employs about 30 000 people.<br> <br> <br><strong>End</strong></p>2020-12-15T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#b835b4b5-77f2-4cab-8d4f-b19bcc21c5df;L0|#0b835b4b5-77f2-4cab-8d4f-b19bcc21c5df|Camps bay;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#34f4df81-9990-40ab-8213-8383ea5bee8b;L0|#034f4df81-9990-40ab-8213-8383ea5bee8b|event;GP0|#791ffb6f-7fbb-4889-a773-57685a6b940d;L0|#0791ffb6f-7fbb-4889-a773-57685a6b940d|Permits10

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