The DA and City of Cape Town have hit back at the ANC and the national government, accusing national Police Minister Bheki Cele of “moral cowardice”.
This after Mayco member for Safety and Security JP Smith and local ward councillor Angus McKenzie were chased away from a meeting with Cele and Western Cape Total Shutdown Communities participants in Bonteheuwel on Wednesday.
Smith said the organisers of the Total Shutdown movement have a “dishonest narrative” and accused its members of a political agenda.
“I condemn the moral cowardice by Cele. What happened (on Wednesday) was a sad situation. Democracy means that all voices must be heard and we were not afforded that at the meeting.
“I am deeply worried that the genuine concerns of crime-ridden communities are currently being hijacked by political interests, specifically in Bonteheuwel.