A Sea Point Ward 54 councillor, Shayne Ramsay, will soon be summoned by DA disciplinary committee for humiliating homeless people in her constituency.
This comes after she sternly warned residents on Facebook, on Friday, to stop giving handouts to car guards, beggars and street people living in Sea Point – a move she claimed would force them “to move elsewhere”.
She further classified the homeless in the municipality in three categories. According to her, they include: “Criminals (who are in and out of overcrowded prisons), mentally retarded or social outcasts, and those who are generally down on their luck.”
“..Since they rely on our handouts for their existence‚ if you stop giving to beggars‚ street people and car guards‚ they will move elsewhere‚” she posted.
The councillor’s offensive post was greeted with mixed feelings, criticism, a public outcry, and calls for her to be investigated. Although she immediately deleted the post, a screengrab of the controversial post has been making the rounds on social media platforms.
Following the ugly development, the African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape has called for the immediate suspension of Democratic Alliance (DA) Councillor Shayne Ramsay.
The ruling party described the councillor’s post as racist and dehumanizing poor, black people.
DA chief whip in the City of Cape Town, and its leader in the metro, Shaun August, admitted that Ramsay’s post was offensive; adding that the councillor has been ordered to apologise to the public.
The chief whip, however, promised to investigate the matter.
“I will investigate and deal with her if there’s any transgression in terms of (DA rules). This is totally against DA policy. We are totally unsatisfied with what she has done,” said August.
Weighing in on the matter, chairperson of the City of Cape Town’s Disciplinary Committee Benidicta Van Minnen said the committee has launched an investigation into the matter.
“At this particular point the matter is being investigated by the City, and we are not in the position to make any further comments,” Van Minnen said.