Normandy 6 June 1944. The Normandy Invasion, also called Operation Overlord or D-Day, during World War II, the Allied invasion of western Europe, which was launched on June 6, 1944 (the most celebrated D-Day of the war), with the simultaneous landing of U.S., British, and Canadian forces on five separate beachheads in Normandy, France.
No, this time it is the community of Jeffreys Bay, taking back their beach, the date, 31 January 2021.
In a almost coordinated manner, hundreds of local residents descended upon Dolphin Beach on a very hot Sunday, motivated by other similar published events in other Western Cape Beaches, this past weekend. Scores of people have defied lockdown regulations to protest against the closures of beaches in Cape Town and surrounds.
It looked like a normal summers day in mid December with parking areas filled up everywhere. People were in high spirits experiencing the solidarity and freedom, doing what most would do on a hot Sunday like this. This will certainly go down as a highlight for many who has been locked down for 10 months now.
Jeffreys Bay SAPS confirmed that they are aware of the activities and planned to send staff down with a loud hailer. It is reported that SAPS did arrive about 2 hours later warning residents to be off the beach in 20 minutes, present with shotguns and dogs. One can only hope that the various SAPS stations on the coastline will make submissions to the Minister and the SA Government to reconsider this basic human right.
The power of social media was again on display with every person just about broadcasting where they were with local Jbay Facebook Groups humming about the event.
Video from Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nungerer/videos/10225708644568755/?sfnsn=scwspwa