Weekend chaos consumes Blythedale Beach

2016-12-21 06:02
The situation at Blythedale Beach on Saturday.

The situation at Blythedale Beach on Saturday.

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A MAN was stabbed and left for dead on Blythedale Beach early on Saturday morning, following a night of chaos and gridlocked roads in the area which continued into the weekend.

Emergency services were unable to reach the man in time due to numerous taxis parked on the road completely blocking off all entrance and exit points.

According to IPSS Medical Rescue’s Dylan Meyrick emergency crew were also threatened by “out of control” revellers and were forced to withdraw.

They were unable to recover the body, which was on the beach unattended for many hours.

KZN SAPS spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala confirmed the murder

“No arrests have been made. Investigations are continuing and the motive for the killing is still unknown.”

Thousands of revellers converged at the first car park in Blythedale on Friday evening.

According to Blythedale residents, who are up in arms over the “absolute chaos”, trash lined the streets, loud music rang out until all hours and rowdy revellers showed no regard for the beach, the environment or the residents.

They say scenes of obscenity including drunken brawling, illegal drug use and sexual acts could be seen from their homes.

“We could not leave our homes,” said a resident who asked to remain anonymous. “It was sheer chaos. The people had no regard for anyone. They destroyed the roads, the car park and the beach and were not bothered even by authority. It was frightening to watch.”

Residents say, this is an annual problem they have experienced for the past few years and are appealing to law enforcement to assist.

“These people come here and create havoc for a few days and leave, but we live here all year long and we take care of this place. There is nothing wrong with wanting to come to the beach and have a good time, but doing this with no concern for anyone or anything is just not right. Some kind of rule or law has to be put in place to control the situation. People are dying because of this errant behaviour, how can we accept that,” said another resident.

Residents anticipate more chaos as the Christmas weekend approaches.

Responding to the appeals, Gwala has said more police have since been sent out to the beaches in an effort to reduce if not curb entirely the issues being experienced.

The KwaDukuza Municipality has also implemented measures to assist with safety and security. The municipality has increased the number of traffic officers, tourist monitors, points persons and security staff in all areas.

They have also identified parking areas specifically allocated for light motor vehicle and public transport, in an effort to relieve the severe congestion being experienced.

In addition, vehicle check points will be held to address unroadworthy vehicles, driver compliance and consumption of alcohol in public areas.

Anyone with information about the stabbing incident is urged to contact the KwaDukuza SAPS on 032 551 8200 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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