Cape Town - The Cape Town city council will lay charges against three of the protesters who slaughtered a sheep at Clifton Beach last week, mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said on Sunday.
Smith said the charges would be brought in terms of the city's by-laws, while the SPCA was preparing to lay charges of animal cruelty against those who performed the ritual slaughter on Clifton's popular Fourth Beach.
It was part of a protest by lobby group the Black People National Crisis Committee following an incident in which staff from a private security company, Professional Protection Alternatives (PPA), ordered visitors to Fourth Beach to leave, claiming that for the festive season the beach would be off-limits after 8 pm.
PPA claimed it was acting on the authority of the City of Cape Town, but the council denies having any contract with the company.
Smith said the council has laid a complaint against the company with the private security regulatory authority, PRISA.