Peaceful New Year: Police praise ‘respectful’ holidaymakers along Durban beachfront

2013-01-02 00:00

THE transition to 2013 was a smooth one in Durban, with very little crime reported on Monday and yesterday, police said.

“The people have been well behaved, with the exception of a few drunkards and one or two vehicle break-ins,” said police spokesperson Major-General Bala Naidoo.

He praised holidaymakers, saying the police had seen a more mature and respectful crowd.

The only concern was children playing with fireworks at the beach on New Year’s eve.

“We need to look at display fireworks and also try to clamp down on people selling fireworks to young children because it is not easy to manage when there is large crowd,” he said.

Police said about 150 000 people descended on the Durban beachfront on Monday night.

It was not as jam-packed as in previous years.

Naidoo attributed this to the rain and the fact that people were taking their holidays in different spells, which helped ease congestion.

Many police officers were deployed in hotspots around the city where large crowds were expected.

Police minister Nathi Mthethwa made a brief appearance at uMgababa beach yesterday, but did not make a stop at the Durban beachfront, which disappointed some beachgoers.

Zanele Ntshangase, an official at the eThekwini Municipality, said no children were reported missing on New Year’s eve.

• ayanda.mdluli@witness.co.za

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