SAPS EC calls for caution as New Year approaches

DECEMBER 31, 2015

The South African Police Service in the Eastern Cape has urged residents to take care and adhere to restrictions regarding alcohol use in the build-up to 2016.

Speaking in a statement, Major General Zamuthango Mki said law enforcement officials will be out in full force this evening to prevent the abuse of alcohol and firing of fireworks outside designated areas.

“I want to reiterate that the SAPS will not tolerate nor condone any form of public drinking and disorderly behaviour during New Year’s celebrations and party bashes,” he said.

“We once again call-on liquor operators in the Province to comply with the conditions of their liquor licenses and take up their share of responsibility towards the safety of their patrons”.

Mki also stated that parents taking their children to beaches for the festivities should take extra care in ensuring their safety, adding that those under the age of 12 must always wear life jackets when in the water.

“Members of the Search and Rescue Unit will also be out in full force on all beaches and major dams in the province during the festive season to ensure the safety of those taking to the waters,” he said.

“People who are not rated to be on the water after dark are also be cautioned to leave the water from 18:00”.