More than 3 700 litres of alcohol have been confiscated in Cape Town since the start of this month. Alcohol is usually seized at beaches and other public places where it is illegal.

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, says they expect the amount to spike during this festive weekend.

He says a man visited the city’s alcohol storage facility earlier this week and paid more than R1000 for the return of his 82 beers and ciders. Smith says their alcohol storage facility is very secure.

“I can assure the public that alcohol confiscated go directly to the storage facility and there’s a tagging system in place to keep track of everything. No-one goes home with confiscated alcohol. It’s really just about public safety and nothing else,” he said.

Meanwhile, a 58-year old man has been arrested for the illegal possession of a considerable amount of dagga in Delft on the Cape Flats.

Smith says the value of the dagga has not yet been determined as it is still being weighed. He says the man was arrested by the City of Cape Town’s first Neighbourhood Safety Team (NST), who also confiscated large sums amount of Tik and Mandrax.

“Our offices confiscated a considerable amount of dagga after a tip off. They arrested a suspect on the charges of possession. They also have significant successes jointly with SAPS involving substantial quantities of Tik, Mandrax and other drugs. The message from the neighbourhood safety team says Delft is no longer a safe zone for crime.”