Police out in full force for New Year

2010-12-31 19:34

Johannesburg - Police across the country will be out in full force watching over New Year's eve revellers, especially those over-indulging in alcohol.

"The police are out in numbers," Eastern Cape police spokesperson Colonel Nondumiso Jafta said.

People should not drink excessively, nor should they set off fireworks.

"Fireworks sound like firearms so you may never know if it is a firearm," she said.

A Limpopo police spokesperson said the province was all about "high visibility" and "street patrols".

Her message to the public was "Be careful, safe and responsible".

"We have a lot of incidents where people argue and then stab each other with broken bottles or with a knife... don't do that."

In the North West, Lieutenant Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone urged people going out to report their departure to the police so that police could ensure everything remained in order.

Meanwhile, in the Northern Cape police from various units, including visible policing, public order and police reservists, would be at different crime hotspots.


Residents were also asked not to drink in public and to ensure that their homes were locked before they went on holiday.

Plettenberg Bay's mayor said the town would celebrate the arrival of the New Year with pet-friendly flying lanterns, rather than the traditional fireworks.

Mayor Lulama Mvimbi endorsed the "Sky Lantern Spectacle" which would take place on Central Beach at midnight on Friday.

The over 4 000 lanterns made with paper on a bamboo frame were silent and therefore pet friendly, and made an "awesome" spectacle as they rose up to 300m into the night sky before extinguishing.

City of Cape Town authorities said they would show zero tolerance to people letting off New Year fireworks anywhere but at designated sites.

The SAPS's Brigadier Sally de Beer said the SA Police Service wished all law-abiding clients a festive New Year's eve and a peaceful and safe 2011.

"(But) Those who transgress the laws of our country will greet the new year from a police cell," she said.

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