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Sea Point anti-vaxx protest: Police to open criminal case over illegal march

The police said the illegal protest at the Sea Point Promenade on Saturday was attended by approximately 600 people.

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Photo: Screenshot from video/ Twitter/ @urbanjodi

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Cape Town reportedly said a criminal case would be opened following the “vaccine passport” protest at the Sea Point Promenade swimming pool on Saturday morning, 18 September.


A Cape Town police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi, said approximately 600 individuals attended the protest. They gathered near the Sea Point swimming pool and walked along the promenade demonstrating against COVID-19 vaccines.

Swartbooi said the protest was illegal and a case docket would be opened. However, no arrests were made. The police spokesperson added that SAPS monitored the movement of the protestors and the march was peaceful and no damages were reported.

The police received criticism for their perceived lack of action in Sea Point, as people were flouting lockdown regulations right in front of SAPS members.

“What do you think would have happened at Sea Point Promenade if hundreds of poor people were protesting for better wages or housing and breaking lockdown regulations,” questioned video journalist Wesley Fester.

Fester also said that organisers of the protests sent a statement to the media, which said that they were not welcome at the protest.

Protestors seemingly mobilised and organised themselves via social media. The Sea Point gathering formed part of the “World Wide Rally For Freedom” – a movement that claims to have a presence in more than 40 countries. They want the end of lockdowns, mask mandates and mandatory vaccinations.

The Sea Point protest also appeared to be a direct response to the “vaccine passports” President Cyril Ramaphosa mentioned when he addressed the nation on Sunday, 12 September. “We will also be providing further information on an approach to ‘vaccine passports’, which can be used as evidence of vaccination for various purposes and events,” said the president.