Be­ware this silly sea­son

BCM, SAPS to up se­cu­rity and in­crease polic­ing

Go! & Express - - Front Page - QHAMANI LINGANI

BUF­FALO City Metro’s port­fo­lio head of health and pub­lic safety, He­len Neale-May, con­firmed that the CCTV cam­eras on the beach­front will be fully func­tional from the first week of De­cem­ber.

BCM will then look at en­sur­ing cam­eras in the CBD, Leeches Bay, Dun­can Vil­lage and Vin­cent are func­tional, to help in the fight against crime, which nor­mally rises dur­ing the hol­i­day pe­riod.

This was re­vealed this week when ex­ec­u­tive mayor Al­fred Mtsi launched the metro’s fes­tive sea­son safety plan, with this year’s theme be­ing ‘Rave but Be­have’.

The mayor said while the fes­tive sea­son was a time for peo­ple to have fun, they should do so in a re­spon­si­ble man­ner.

“There will be zero tol­er­ance to those who con­sume al­co­hol on our beaches. That is a warn­ing.

“There are clear signs in all our ameni­ties that talk to a list of don’ts, and we ap­peal to peo­ple to obey them,” Mtsi said.

He said peo­ple should obey the fol­low­ing: “Do not drink and drive. There are con­se­quences to such an of­fense, in­clud­ing ar­rest and bail of R2 000.

“Don’t make fires at the beach, walk around alone, leave valu­able items in a car, drink in pub­lic, drink and swim and in­vite crim­i­nals by flaunt­ing valu­able items.”

BCM traf­fic depart­ment com­man­der, Quin­ton Chetty, con­curred with the mayor that there would be zero tol­er­ance with re­gards to drink­ing and driv­ing, and drink­ing in pub­lic, with se­ri­ous ac­tion taken against of­fend­ers.

“The joint op­er­a­tion cen­tre will com­mence on New Year’s Eve at the Os­ner Ho­tel. And our fes­tive plan starts with the road clo­sure at East­ern Beach.

“We know an in­flux of peo­ple will be there.

“We are try­ing to [pro­mote] safety with lim­ited num­ber of ve­hi­cles in the area,” he said.

SAPS gen­eral Lungile Nqamqhele also em­pha­sised that drink­ing and driv­ing would not be tol­er­ated and that it was the po­lice’s duty to make sure that cit­i­zens were safe at all times.

He said un­li­cenced tav­erns would be shut down.

The metro will kick-start the fes­tive sea­son from Novem­ber 27 to 29 by switch­ing on the Christ­mas lights in Mdantsane, King Wil­liam’s Town and East Lon­don.

Then from De­cem­ber 12 to 21, there will be back-to-back car­ni­val events in the three cen­tres.

Pic­ture: SARAH KINGON

EA­GLE EYES: The CCTV cam­eras on East Lon­don’s beach­front and other ar­eas around the metro will be op­er­a­tional by the fes­tive sea­son to help in the fight against crime this hol­i­day pe­riod

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