It is unfortunate that in Carol Paton’s column (“Eviction debacle shows Cape Town’s lack of empathy towards the poor (”, July 6) it is claimed that “Mayor Dan Plato has defended the heavy-handed treatment of Bulelani Qholani in Khayelitsha.” This is a blatant untruth.

The mayor actually said the following after watching the initial video clip that was shared online: “Having watched the video of law enforcement officers responding to an illegal land invasion in Khayelitsha yesterday, and the shameful circumstances that Mr Bulelani Qholani was subjected to, I want to make it clear that this is not the type of conduct that we tolerate in this city.”..

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