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19 December 2013

Alcohol seized on CT beaches

More than 600 litres of alcohol have been seized on Cape Town's beaches since the start of December.

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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 for safety.

"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.

 

 
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