Durban surfers protest against government’s beach ban

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A group of Durban surfers took to the ocean on Wednesday to protest against government’s beach ban.

Police ordered them off the beach and arrested them, but later they were released and warned not to repeat the stunt.

The surfers say they were not in transgression of the Disaster Management Act because they did not enter the ocean from the beach.

The lockdown Level 3 regulations prohibit anyone from setting foot onto the beach in hotspot areas.

In the video below: Veteran Surfer Jean Marc Tostee says surfing is their livelihood and business:

Level 3 lockdown

Last month, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that all beaches, dams, lakes, rivers, public parks and public swimming pools in hotspot areas will be closed to the public.

Ramaphosa said botanical gardens, national parks and other parks where access control measures and entry limitations are already in place may remain open to the public.

INFOGRAPHIC: Amended lockdown Level 3 regulations