Cape Town to review busker policy

2013-08-01 09:42
Lunga Goodman Nono (Claudia Dijkkamp, News24)

Lunga Goodman Nono (Claudia Dijkkamp, News24)

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2013-07-10 17:03

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Cape Town - The City of Cape Town has announced plans for a new policy to deal with street musicians, following widespread controversy over the removal of a blind busker from the city centre in July.

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said the incident was "regrettable", and the three metro police officers who had forcefully removed Lunga Goodman Nono, 51, from St George's Mall on 8 July had been suspended and will face disciplinary action.

Nono was given a R1 500 fine for contravening a by-law by busking outside his permitted time between 12:45 and 14:00 and refusing to stop. According to the Cape Times, the officers were responding to complaints from nearby businesses, and said he had ignored numerous written and verbal warnings.

De Lille asked officials to repeal the 1993 Policy for Street Musicians, and adopt a new policy.

"I also instructed the relevant departments to review any and all regulations governing busking so that we can ensure that we create an appropriate and enabling environment for street musicians."

The old policy was seen as not being consistent with the City's values, according to the Cape Times.

"I think we should learn from this incident and continue to acknowledge that the overwhelming majority of our law enforcement officers and metro police officers keep us safe, in often dangerous and difficult circumstances," she said, referring to the recent deaths of a number of police officers in Cape Town.

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