Monday, October 24, 2022

City warns of consuming alcohol in public

The City’s mayco member for Safety & Security, JP Smith, has warned residents of consuming alcohol in public spaces. According to the latest statistics from the municipality, there’s been a spike in public consumption of alcohol, in the past week.


‘’The number of weekly arrests continues to be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it reinforces the good work being done on the streets by our staff members, but it is also indicative of ongoing levels of criminality. What we also started noticing this past week is the beginnings of the annual spike in public consumption of alcohol. While the number of confiscations is still low, it is likely to increase as we head into the peak summer season, so now is as good a time as any to remind the public that it is against the law to consume alcohol in public, it is a risk to public safety, and not only will your alcohol be confiscated, but you will also be fined,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.


Furthermore, The City’s Traffic Service, Law Enforcement and Metro Police Departments arrested 343 suspects and issued 93 727 fines during weekly enforcement operations

Among those arrested by Metro Police officers were 13 suspects on charges related to domestic violence.

On Saturday, officers arrested a 35-year-old driver after he knocked over a pedestrian in the CBD.

‘’CCTV operators detected a hit and run incident in the CBD, where a pedestrian was knocked down. Officers were dispatched, and managed to pull over the white Toyota Quantum. The driver was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was detained at Cape Town Central SAPS,’’ said Smith.

Meanwhile, the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre saw a decrease in the number of incidents recorded this past weekend. 1 864 incidents were recorded, compared to 1 923 incidents over the previous weekend. This weekend’s calls included 141 assaults, 37 domestic violence cases and 47 motor vehicle accidents and 13 pedestrian vehicle accidents.


Done By: Mitchum George

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