Despite them breaking a number of Covid protocols, no anti-vaccine protesters were arrested at an anti-vax march held at the promenade over the weekend.
When the 600 protesters gathered outside the Sea Point pavilion swimming pool on Saturday, none of them was wearing a mask, physical distancing was not observed, they did not have a permit for their public gathering – and their numbers exceeded the Alert Level 2 limit of 500 people at an outdoor event.
It was the third anti-vax protest in Cape Town this year.
The so-called “anti-vaxxers” believe they are being unfairly pressured to get the Covid-19 vaccination and the protest was part of the Worldwide Rally for Freedom, around the world.
“Approximately 600 protesters gathered around the Sea Point Swimming pool demonstrating against the Covid-19 vaccination drive. The protesters was peaceful and we confirm no damages or injuries were reported as Sea Point police monitored the movement of protesters. A case docket will be opened as the march was illegal. No one has since been arrested,” said Western Cape police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi.
It’s believed that the protest follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation last Sunday, September 12 where he mentioned a “vaccine passport” which would be given to people who have been vaccinated.