Obey the law, Cape Town revellers told
Cape Town - The City of Cape Town says 1 500 law enforcement officers will be on the streets on New Year's eve to clamp down on drug-related crime and drunk drivers.
The city's director for safety and security, Richard Bosman, said enforcement agencies would set up roadblocks across the city with massive crowds expected to celebrate the New Year.
"Law-enforcement, policemen, surveillance cameras and uniformed teams will be monitoring the huge crowds that congregate for the final countdown to 2011," Bosman said.
"The city encourages revellers to consume alcohol responsibly and arrange for a designated driver or call a taxi, as drunken drivers will be arrested.
"Additional specialised forces will also focus on visible policing, combating general, as well as alcohol- and drug-related crime, and targeting drunk drivers through roadblocks."
Bosman warned that the consumption of alcohol in public places would not be tolerated.
"Law enforcement authorities will enforce the law and confiscate illegal substances," he said.
"A compliment of almost 1 500 members of metro police, traffic services, law enforcement and specialised services is ready to enforce the law and to ensure public safety."
Bosman urged parents to exercise extra caution with children ahead of New Year.
"As a precaution, parents are requested to give armbands to children with their contact details in case children get lost in the crowds," he said.
"The onus is on parents to be responsible for their children's safety at all times, especially in or near water. We appeal to parents to exercise extreme care."