SAPS to be summonsed to court over 'illegal' Cape Town imbizo

2015-10-19 19:58

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Cape Town - The police's top brass will be served with a notice to appear in court for breaching the Regulation of Gatherings Act within the next two days.

This comes after SAPS hosted an imbizo in Khayelitsha on Saturday without an events permit, City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said on Monday. 

Smith said an application to host the event was made on October 1. 

"However, the permit was not issued as the applicants submitted an incomplete application," he said.

According to the events by-law, an event application is required for an event hosting more than 50 people.

The gathering, which took place at the Khayelitsha Rugby Stadium, attracted hundreds of residents.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko attended the event at which the community had the opportunity to have their say on crime and policing.

Smith said an event permit was a legal requirement.

According to a letter sent to the applicant, the permit was not issued because no security deployment plan, medical deployment plan, temporary structure approval, public liability insurance, emergency evacuation plan, advice of appointment of a safety officer, certificate of acceptability for caterers, electrical certificates, a population certificate or a waste management plan were submitted.

In terms of the by-law, anyone who holds an event without a permit is guilty of an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine and/or imprisonment for a period of up to twelve months, the letter states.

Police spokesperson Noloyiso Rwexana said that in light of the pending action, the SAPS would reserve its comment.

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