Summer safety launched

2017-12-13 06:01
The Metro Police and SAPS held a demonstration at the Hobie Beach during the summer season safety launch. Photo:LULAMA ZENZILE

The Metro Police and SAPS held a demonstration at the Hobie Beach during the summer season safety launch. Photo:LULAMA ZENZILE

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NMB Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Safety and Security, John Best has issued a stern warning that there will be a zero tolerance approach with regards to the consumption of alcohol on the Nelson Mandela Bay beaches.

He was speaking at the NMB Municipality summer season safety plan launch held at the beachfront last Thursday.

“The implementation of our plans began in October after we analysed last year’s safety plan and looked at our shortcomings,” Best said.

He said this year they have focused more on road blocks which will be conducted as early as 4am daily.

“It proved to be very successful last year, however, we only did it once, hence, we have decided to introduce it again this year,” Best added.

Metro Police Chief, Yolande Faro, announced that for the first time, the metro will also have metro police officers on bicycles to patrol the city’s beachfronts.

“The duty officers on bicycles will not only be deployed on the beachfront but wherever we have a need for bicycles,” Faro said, adding that some will be used to monitor the Ironman events.

In addition, 20 tourist safety ambassadors, empowered with peace officer training, will also be deployed at the Donkin and the beachfront.

“That means we have 40 extra eyes on ­patrol.

“They have also been given cellphones and two-way radios which will enable them to contact the Metro Police whenever needed,” Faro said.

Best further explained that every single plan the metro executed over the festive season, was in conjunction with the South African Police Service (SAPS).

“It is unfortunate that patrons still continue with the culture of drinking at the beaches, but we are going to try our outmost best to stop that culture.

“People, who live on the beachfront, and tourists need to feel safe,” Best said, adding that police visibility on the beaches would not be exclusive to Summerstrand.

“We will enforce this directive at all the beaches and law enforcement will take place in all 60 wards in the Nelson Mandela Bay,” Best said.

SAPS Major General Dawie Rabie outlined the national police’s plan over the festive season, during which a pre-holiday season took place between October 13 to October 30.

“The holiday season, which began on December 1, will see major road blocks on route to holiday destinations, special operations at ports of entry and higher police visibility at shopping malls and beachfronts,” Rabie said.

The third phase, from December 16 to January 2, will include prevention operations.

“Intelligence-driven operations for drugs and firearms and a special operation will take place on the opening of the season celebration, which takes place in Summerstrand annually.

“Phase four will see the police focus on more road blocks, crime prevention, drug smuggling and human trafficking,” Rabie said.

Executive Director for safety and security Advocate Keith Meyer assured that they will not allow any breathing space for criminals.

“Plans are afoot to launch the NMBM festive season safety plan and the SAPS safety plan for next year at the same time to ensure greater efficiency and cohesion,” Meyer said.

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