R40k fine for anyone caught peeing in public in Durban

2016-03-08 12:55


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Durban - New by-laws coming into effect this Friday in Durban could mean a R40 000 fine or two years imprisonment for anyone caught relieving themselves in public.

The new by-laws are the result of years of work since 1994 to repeal old municipal by-laws from the area’s 53 different councils, The Mercury reported on Tuesday.

The by-law aims to provide measures to regulate and control conduct or behaviour which causes, or is likely to cause discomfort, annoyance or inconvenience the public and to prevent it from occurring, BusinessTech reported last year.

“Any person who is convicted of an offence under this by-law is be liable to a fine of an amount not exceeding R40 000 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding 2 years, or to both such fine and imprisonment,” the by-law’s Chapter 7 reads.

“In the case of a continuing offence, an additional fine of an amount not exceeding R200 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 10 days, for each day on which such offence continues or both such fine and imprisonment, will be imposed.”

Cheryl Johnson of Save our Berea told The Mercury they welcomed any by-law that would halt the “anarchic” situation in the city.

Commentators doubted how it would be enforced though.

To read the full by-laws, click here.

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