Cape Town beach boozers feel the heat

2015-12-11 15:39
South Africans are more likely to post pictures of themselves on social networks when under the influence of alcohol. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

South Africans are more likely to post pictures of themselves on social networks when under the influence of alcohol. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - A total of 2 450 bottles of alcohol have been confiscated in nine days from Cape Town’s beaches, nearly triple the amount as during the same period last year.

The City of Cape Town on Friday warned that the possession and consumption of liquor on beach areas is against its bylaws and that those caught with alcohol in their possession will be given notice to appear in court as well as a R500 fine.

The contraband will also be confiscated.

“These figures are bittersweet,” said mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith.

“On the one hand they show that people aren’t paying attention to the fact that it is illegal to bring alcohol onto the beaches or other public spaces, thus endangering their own lives as well as the lives of others. 

“On the other hand, the statistics are a massive feather in the cap for our enforcement efforts early on and a clear signal that we won’t be tolerating this type of behaviour.”

Law enforcement seized 11 570 bottles of alcohol, amounting to 8 677 litres during the last festive season while 1 012 fines were issued.

“Given the start we’ve had this time round, I won’t be surprised if we smash those record numbers by the time the festive season hangover fades and school starts,” Smith said.

Read more on:    city of cape town  |  cape town

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.