Nuisance by-laws in full swing

2018-05-03 06:01

RAY Nkonyeni Municipality (RNM) has taken strides towards enforcing the municipality’s newly promulgated nuisance by-laws, said mayor Nomusa Mqwebu.

Speaking at a media briefing held at the RNM council chambers on Tuesday, Mqwebu said that the municipality had appointed a service provider to install signage to enforce the by-laws. Further to this, Mqwebu said that the municipality has in recent weeks held workshops in several areas within the municipality in order to raise awareness about these regulations.

The by-laws, which police residents conduct in public areas prohibiting nuisance behaviour such as, noise, public drinking, loitering and prostitution within the municipality came into effect in January, however, their implementation has been a widely debated issue.

Earlier this year residents raised concerns that while the by laws were readily welcomed by communities the municipality was not bothered to enforce them.

To that effect residents signed a petition in attempts to force the municipality to implement the by laws.

The Ward 19 petition initiated by the area ward councillor followed a Beach Picnic music concert held at the St Michaels beach on February 4.

Demands on the petition included that the municipality apply and police promulgated Nuisance ByLaws “without fear or favour”, that no public events like the beach picnic be held at the St Michaels beach in future and that surrounding communities be consulted before any events for the area are considered or approved by the municipality.

Mqwebu said the enforcement of the bylaws was and ongoing process. “The enforcement is ongoing and the municipality will ensure that the culture of lawlessness in our towns and residential areas is dealt with harshly,” said Mqwebu.

“Furthermore, the relevant stakeholders such as Community Policy Forums, Ratepayers Associations, and Business Forums were also roped in,” said Mqwebu.

Full particulars of the promulgated Nuisance and Behaviour in Public Places By-laws are available between 10h00 and 16h00 at the Department of Public Safety, Corner of Woolley Street and Robinson Street, Old Post Office Building – Opposite Shoprite/Checkers, Port Shepstone and all municipal libraries.

“This by-law’s purpose is to provide for measures for preventing, minimising or managing public nuisance and also to prohibit certain activities or conduct in public places,” said Mqwebu.


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