‘Drunken teens’ at Lake Eland

2011-11-04 00:00

AN Eston resident who camped at Lake Eland last weekend responded to The Witness report on Wednesday about a group of unruly teenagers who had to be dispersed using pepper spray.

Grant Lavers, who took part in the 45 km Lake Eland Classic mountain bike race, said he was appalled at the behaviour of the youngsters.

“I was camping in the tent next to them with my wife and 11-year-old son. It was such a disgrace and actually sad to hear their vulgar and obscene language.”

Lavers said the group of 15 teenagers was accompanied by a male guardian.

“At around 1 am I woke up with the sound of someone vomiting outside our tent.

“When I went outside the teenagers were drunk and their guardian, also very drunk, was up against the fence vomiting.”

He said the teenagers were not participants in the events and the youth who was pepper-sprayed was “blind drunk”.

“It’s sad because many people come to Lake Eland for the tranquility it offers. A few people who come here to party and be disrespectful to others spoil the image of the place.”

Lavers said the group brought their own alcohol, despite signs around the camp site prohibiting private alcohol on the premises.

Co-organiser for Lake Eland Chantel Elliott said there are signs with rules for campers all over the campsite, and campers are expected to abide by them.

“We can’t go around searching camper’s bags as it’s an infringement on their rights. It is also not practical to go around searching in every single tent.”

Elliott said organisers will enforce the rules more strictly next year to prevent such unfortunate events.

“We are looking at other options, like having a separate camping area for the serious athletes.

“Minors will also have to fill in indemnity forms and be accompanied by parents or responsible guardians,” she said.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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