Bheki Cele beaches Cape Town

Photo: Lirandzu Themba / Twitter

Visiting a Cape Town beach on Wednesday? Watch out for Bheki Cele…

Police Minister Bheki Cele is set to visit nine separate beaches in Cape Town on Wednesday, to ensure that all visitors are ‘playing by the rules’.

Bheki Cele beaches Cape Town

Photo: Lirandzu Themba / Twitter

Bheki Cele will be conducting spot checks on nine separate Cape Town beaches during Wednesday’s public holiday, as the government continues to monitor the situation by the seaside. The Day of Reconciliation is expected to bring coastal visitors out in their droves, and the police minister will be keeping a beady eye on local beachgoers.

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Cape Town managed to avoid beach closures this week, after Cyril Ramaphosa announced that there would be a total shutdown in the Eastern Cape until 3 January. KZN, meanwhile, will see its shores closed to the public on several key dates in December – including today. All beaches will have to clear-out visitors by 18:00.

“Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele accompanied by SAPS management will on Wednesday, 16 December 2020 embark on a day-long visit to various beaches in Cape Town in a bid to inspect operational deployments as well as assess adherence to lockdown regulations. Members of the media are invited to join the entourage.”

SAPS statement

Bheki Cele on the beaches of Cape Town

Public drinking has been banned on the sands. You won’t be allowed to gather in large groups, after the outdoor limits were slashed to 250 people. Bheki Cele has already completed visits to several beaches, and has some very popular destinations to visit later this morning: The programme for Wednesday will unfold as follows:

  • 6:00 – Strand Beach
  • 6:45 – Macassar Beach
  • 7:15 – Monwabisi Beach
  • 9:00 – Mnandi Beach
  • 9:45 – Strandfontein
  • 10:45 – Muizenberg
  • 13:00 – Camps Bay
  • 13:30 – Clifton
  • 14:15 – Big Bay

Police spokesperson Lirandzu Themba provides progress update: