‘Racist’ councillor is probed



November 30, 2016
‘Racist’ councillor is probed

INVESTIGATED: Sea Point councillor Shayne Ramsay

City says Ramsey's post was shared in personal capacity and is subsequently being investigated.

Mayor Patricia de Lille has called for a probe into the Sea Point councillor who called on residents to help her get rid of bergies in the larney area.

On Tuesday De Lille said neither the Democratic Alliance nor the City sanctioned Councillor Shayne Ramsay’s remarks on Facebook at the weekend.

The post was deleted after a public outcry in which Ramsay asked residents to stop giving vagrants handouts.

She also called for an anti-crime march where residents would force street people out.

“…if they choose to live in a society like Sea Point, then they have to behave in a manner which is acceptable to the other residents,” she wrote.

“Furthermore, our garbage bins are treated as buffet tables. Please don’t put your bins out at night before collection.”

Ramsay has since apologised, saying she was “ashamed”.

The City of Cape Town spokesperson Priya Reddy on Sunday said Ramsay was speaking in her personal capacity.

De Lille’s office, however, yesterday said the matter is being investigated.

DA Western Cape Communications Manager, Anneke Scheepers, says: “The DA did not sanction Councillor Ramsay’s comments. The Mayor has asked the Speaker in the Cape Town Council to investigate the remarks made by Ramsay.

“The DA-run City of Cape Town is a caring city and offers a programme to help the homeless.”

ANC Western Cape spokesman Yonela Diko said Ramsay was a racist and should be fired.

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