Capetonians find ways to hide alcohol and drink on beaches - JP Smith

The City of Cape Town is concerned that all its efforts to reduce the levels of drinking and driving as well as drinking on the beaches is not yielding fruit.

Mayco Member for Safety and Security Alderman JP Smith says there are recurring incidents around drunk driving, speeding and drinking on the beaches.

Read: NSRI's safety tips for beachgoers this festive season

This weekend alone we took a thousand bottles off our beaches. For us, this early in the season is pretty severe.

JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security Cape Town

Smith says people are not changing their behaviour instead they are coming up with clever ways to hide from the authorities by putting alcohol in water bottles or burying alcohol under the beach sand with a straw sticking out.

We don't take this stance because alcohol, in theory, is a problem. We do so because alcohol creates real problems for us on the beach every day.

JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security Cape Town

We had a serious injury over the weekend where a young man arrived drunk and fell backwards on a rock and seriously injured his back and we have deaths and drownings from mostly men doing stupid things under the influence of alcohol.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security

Alcohol is a continuous hustle and challenge for us at every space it is used and abused.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security

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