More than 600 litres of alcohol have been seized on Cape Town's beaches
since the start of December.
"That's nearly triple the amount compared to the same period last
year," said Jean-Pierre Smith, member of the mayoral committee responsible
"The city is committed to providing a safe environment for residents
and visitors who use our beaches this festive season."
Leading cause of drowning
He said the disorderly conduct associated with excessive alcohol usage made
beaches unsafe and unpleasant for others.
"In addition to this, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol is one of
the leading causes of drowning. We will continue to confiscate alcohol on
beaches in order to make our beaches safe for everyone," he said.
The city has a by-law prohibiting the introduction, possession and
consumption of liquor on beaches.
Offenders would have their liquor confiscated and receive a written notice
to appear in court, with a fine of R500.