Drunk and disorderly parties continue at Scottburgh beachfront

Litter is everywhere.

EXPECTING people to use rubbish bins conveniently placed along the Scottburgh beachfront is just a pipe-dream, it seems.

Once again, disgusting, dirty and just plain old ‘yuck’ were words used to describe the sorry state of the braai and parking area at Scottburgh main beach on Monday morning.

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For nearly three years now, the braai area has become home to eThekwini residents who get away with drunken, disorderly behaviour due to a lack of law enforcement by the Umdoni Protection Services, whose responsibility it is to ensure the safety of road users, locals and municipal property.

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Unsurprisingly, Protection Services aren’t doing much protection of any kind, with a visible lack of preventative measures such as strategically placed roadblocks to test for driving under the influence of liquor.

A brief visit to the restroom facilities revealed that Umdoni must clearly be aware of the situation and the heavy costs that come along with the revelers and, somewhere along the line, opted to have the restrooms locked.

Believe it or not, the restrooms remain locked and inaccessible even during daytime hours, which really does explain why public urination takes place at the braai area.

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Meanwhile, hundreds of empty liquor bottles and cans, empty packets and general rubbish could easily be spotted.

Either way, it seems that not even the municipal manager’s ‘orders’ are enough of a deterrent to revelers.

“No alcohol, drunken behaviour, loud music, unruly behaviour, disturbing the peace, or bottles,” are allowed at the beach, according to a prominently-displayed sign.

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Adding to the confusion, the supposedly 24-hour manned and operated entry gate – with an out-of-season rate of R25 per vehicle – is apparently just for show and only ever manned during season.

It should also be noted that taxis are not allowed entry either.

Umdoni Municipality had not, at the time of publication, provided feedback.


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Juan Venter

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