Sex pests at paddling pools

2010-12-30 00:00

PARENTS planning to take their children to Durban’s paddling pools over the holidays have been warned to keep a close watch on them — eight alleged child molesters were nabbed there during the Christmas weekend.

A spokesperson for Metro Police, Senior Superintendent Eugene ­Msomi, warned that plainclothes police officers will eject anyone over 12 years old from the paddling pools. Those disputing this would have to provide their ID before being allowed back into the pools.

Msomi said crowded pools provide an opportunity for child molesters to take advantage of children who are “easy targets”.

He confirmed the arrests, but was unable to provide further details.

Altogether 12 people were arrested at the weekend said Ethekwini’s Festive Season Management Committee (Fesmac) yesterday, after 36 168 people visited the beaches, 101 rescues were carried out and 6 327 people had to be given first aid for different medical reasons.

Fesmac chairperson Christo Swart said 18 000 armbands were issued to children at the beachfront. He said 265 children were separated from their guardians and all but one have been reunited with their families.

“Guardians are being urged to ensure that children are always under adult supervision when swimming at the beaches.”

One bather was reported for having assaulted a lifeguard.

Bathers are urged to swim only within designated areas and to co-operate with lifeguards.

Swart said law enforcement agencies will not hesitate to arrest and charge anybody who fails to do so.

“Incidents of people braaing on grass verges and parking lots on the beachfront have also been reported. People are requested to refrain from this practice, as it poses a danger to other people using the facilities.

“The beachfront is there for everyone to enjoy.

“Beachgoers are advised to adhere to all the rules and by-laws of the city to ensure a safe and enjoyable festive season for all.”

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