Police to bust fans behaving badly

2010-06-04 00:00

OWNERS of pubs, taverns and organisers of public viewing areas (PVAs) in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands will have to be responsible and act with caution during this month’s Fifa World Cup finals.

The South African Police Force (SAPF) yesterday issued a list of criteria that must be adhered to by PVAs and licensed drinking establishments during the tournament.

SAPF Midlands spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said the criteria apply specifically to the PVA that will be stationed at Indumiso’s DUT Campus in Pietermaritzburg.

“Because there is going to be alcohol consumed at the PVA, these criteria need to be adhered to,” she said.

Jeevan insisted that the PVA at Indumiso will have an extremely strong SAPF presence ordered to keep things under control.

If any spectator at the PVAs appears to be too drunk, he or she will either be asked to leave or face arrest.

Other guidelines that PVA organisers have been ordered to follow include adhering to Fifa licensing rules, implementing a “no take-aways” policy on sales of alcohol and banning the use of braai stands or skottel braais inside the PVA.

Owners of local pubs and taverns have been warned to comply strictly with the laws that govern their operation.

Licence holders have been warned not to sell alcohol to any individual who is clearly drunk because this would be committing a criminal offence.

Regular SAPF spot checks in pubs and restaurants will be conducted to ensure compliance.

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