Booze battle at Cape Town beaches continues

2016-12-19 21:31

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Cape Town - Almost 5 000 litres of liquor have been confiscated from Cape Town beaches and public spaces since the start of the festive season.

The City of Cape Town’s law enforcement has collected  6 725 bottles of beer, spirits and wine, which is being stored at its facility in Ndabeni.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said on Monday he foresees record numbers of confiscations this year.

“While this means there will be one less drowning on the beach and one less pedestrian being killed on our roads, it also shows that our residents are not working with us by bringing booze to the beach in the first place,” he said.

The Metro Police in the last week also made 20 arrests for drunk driving, possession of stolen property, malicious damage to City property and possession of drugs, the City said in a statement.

One of those apprehended was a 13-year-old boy arrested for possession of 10 dagga cigarettes in Hanover Park.

Traffic services also checked 508 long-distance buses and taxis at various public transport interchanges; 141 of the vehicles checked failed the roadworthy tests.

At various vehicle checkpoints across the city, officers fined 1 545 drivers for being unlicensed, recorded more than 23 000 speeding offences and found 119 vehicles overloaded. 

Forty-five motorists were arrested for drunk driving, reckless and negligent driving, crimen injuria, drug and stolen property possession and for outstanding warrants.

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