Cape Town beach boozers feel the heat

2015-12-11 15:39
South Africans are more likely to post pictures of themselves on social networks when under the influence of alcohol. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

South Africans are more likely to post pictures of themselves on social networks when under the influence of alcohol. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - A total of 2 450 bottles of alcohol have been confiscated in nine days from Cape Town’s beaches, nearly triple the amount as during the same period last year.

The City of Cape Town on Friday warned that the possession and consumption of liquor on beach areas is against its bylaws and that those caught with alcohol in their possession will be given notice to appear in court as well as a R500 fine.

The contraband will also be confiscated.

“These figures are bittersweet,” said mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith.

“On the one hand they show that people aren’t paying attention to the fact that it is illegal to bring alcohol onto the beaches or other public spaces, thus endangering their own lives as well as the lives of others. 

“On the other hand, the statistics are a massive feather in the cap for our enforcement efforts early on and a clear signal that we won’t be tolerating this type of behaviour.”

Law enforcement seized 11 570 bottles of alcohol, amounting to 8 677 litres during the last festive season while 1 012 fines were issued.

“Given the start we’ve had this time round, I won’t be surprised if we smash those record numbers by the time the festive season hangover fades and school starts,” Smith said.

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