The Law Enforcement Liquor Unit disposed of approximately 6 000L of alcohol – confiscated from public spaces in the past two years – during a liquor destruction event held in Ndabeni last month.
The event, which took place at the City of Cape Town’s liquor storage unit on Sunday 24 October, formed part of the City’s festive season readiness plan.
The City’s bylaws prohibit the introduction and consumption of alcohol in public spaces. Offenders are fined R500 and their alcohol confiscated.
Any alcohol not reclaimed from the pound within three months is destroyed.
Mayco Member for Safety and Security JP Smith said alcohol consumption is a critical focus area.
He said: “There is a direct correlation between it and road safety, beach safety, domestic violence and the number of trauma cases at our hospitals.
“The more people who drink responsibly or abstain, the lower the number of incidents we record and the safer the festive season and life in general, for all of us.”
Key focus areas of the readiness include:
- An integrated enforcement plan involving more than 2 000 law enforcement, metro police and traffic service staff.
- The rollout of Operation Exodus to ensure the safety of long distance travellers over the peak festive season period.
- The deployment of seasonal and learner firefighters, as well as aerial support, to assist with combating the increase in vegetation fires during the warmer months.
- Coordination of the City’s overall plans by the Disaster Risk Management Centre.
- Deployment of lifeguards to beaches and swimming pools, along with the Identikidz project at identified beaches to promote child safety.
- Additional temporary cleaning staff to assist the solid waste department.
- Increased oversight visits by environmental health practitioners to ensure Covid-19 compliance, but also to mitigate the risk of diseases prevalent in the summer months.