Teen boys behind beach ‘fondling’

2010-12-31 00:00

ETHEKWINI municipality has corrected information they released on Wednesday about sexual predators at the paddling pools.

They said the incident in which eight people were arrested took place on Monday afternoon and involved eight youths aged between 14 and 16. They attempted to “inappropriately fondle” two females aged between 15 and 16 in the bathing area at the Wedge Beach.

The boys were charged with sexual harassment and not child molestation as previously stated by Ethekwini.

“It is alleged that the eight suspects had surrounded the girls in the surf and were singing and chanting loudly to divert attention from what they were up to.”

The girls managed to get out of the water and approached the security guards at the beach and pointed out the suspects.

Ethekwini’s deputy head of parks, leisure and cemeteries, Christo Swart, said Parks, Recreation and Culture law enforcement officers were called to the scene to assist with the apprehension and transportation of the eight suspects to the Point Police Station.

The suspects were detained and charged with sexual harassment.

“Security measures at the beachfront have been strengthened to ensure that an incident of this nature does not re-occur.”

Swart added the attendance figures on the beaches stood at over 280 000 from December 24 to 27 and not at 36 000 as previously stated.

Metro Police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Eugene Msomi said people who bring alcohol to the beach will be arrested and alcohol will be confiscated.

Msomi warned that certain roads will be closed using the new jersey barriers for long-term closures and booms for short-term closures. These will be removed from the second week of January.

OR Tambo (Snell) Parade, Sylvester Ntuli (Brickhill) Street and Monty Naicker (Pine) Road will be controlled by boom gates and they are tow away zones except to those with parking permits. Sandile Thusi, Bell and Mahatma Gandhi streets will be closed. The bus and minibus holding area is located at the Durban Drive Inn site. Swart said no one may bring fireworks to the beach without a licence, permit or authorisation. — Witness Reporter.

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