It is unfortunate that in Carol Paton’s column (“Eviction debacle shows Cape Town’s lack of empathy towards the poor (http://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/columnists/2020-07-06-carol-paton-eviction-debacle-shows-cape-towns-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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