Man who Took Drone Pic Of Gender Based Violence Protesters In CPT May Be In Trouble For The Pic. During the demonstration against gender based violence in Cape Town, there was an image that made rounds on social media.
During the demonstration against gender based violence in Cape Town, there was an image that made rounds on social media. The drone image could get the person who was flying it in prison or they would have to pay a fine of R50 000. The photograph was captured above the Parliament, a national key point that also does not allow any type of flying.
The drone might have also breached the formal notice by the code ‘A3365/19 NOTAMNQ’. The code does not allow any flying in the 1.82 kilometre range of the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The drone footage was obtained last week, where there were numerous national leaders that were in attendance of the World Economic Forum. Flying within a controlled air space and above a bunch of people needs to get a special clearance.
According to Business Insider South Africa, the image might have gained the attention of the South African Civil Aviation Authority, which manages drones within South Africa; the picture could also be under police investigation. Sean Reitz, the head of Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Association of South Africa (CUAASA) a representative of commercial drone pilots, says any monetary advantages from image could also cause issues for the person who took the image because he would be needed to have a Remote Pilot Licence.
The head of CUAASA says there is no straightforward way of charging a person who flies a drone illegally. This means that criminal impositions may have to be used in to the law that are intended to avert the actions of terrorism. Reportedly about 1% of drone users have been operating legally because of the application process. The person who took the image is under investigation.
by Alexandra Ramaite