Beach debauchery sanctioned by ignorance

2018-03-01 06:01

THE comment by the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality (RNM) spokesperson is, to be very polite, rather inane. Yes, the event was approved. However, the approval could not possibly override the municipal bylaws, or could it?

Do the municipality and its employees actually see the approval for such an event as giving all and sundry the right to do as they please, albeit “within the stipulated time frames”, as stated by Mr April?

The reported drunkenness, urinating, littering and all the rest did not only occur on the beach at St Mikes, but in and on the roads and verges leading to the beach.

The law-enforcement officers ignored all of the lawlessness.

Why are they employed if this is their attitude to the functions that they are supposed to perform? What about the rights of the residents, most of whom pay the rates which lamentably are wasted on this kind of event, and the cost of the law enforcers?

From the tone of the comment from the municipality, it would appear that the ratepayers no longer have any rights in this regard and the question that arises is, what action do we take to prevent a recurrence?

New Year’s day was a disaster.

Our visitors left vowing never to return. The drunkenness and debauchery could have been from some kind of epic end-of-the-world movie. The so-called municipal police refused to take any action to stop criminal activity, never mind breaches of bylaws.

At least one of them used very crude and vulgar language in telling the complainant that it was New Year and that those people celebrating the event could do as they pleased.

The SAPS were no better. By driving past and ignoring the criminal acts they sanctioned the activities of all concerned.

This so-called beach picnic has merely reinforced the views formed after the New Year’s day debacle.

What could and should have happened was that access control should have been put in place and, once all parking on the beach was full, the roads should have been closed off.

However, this would have required the municipal employees to make decisions that would have made them extremely unpopular.

At the end of the day, they are paid to make the right decisions.

Perhaps a class civil action must be instituted against the RNM Municipality and the individual employees, and not only against Ugu?

If they are compelled to pay their own costs as well as the penalties or damages imposed by the courts, they may start to apply their minds in terms of the performance of the duties that they are paid to perform.

R.I. FRANCIS

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