Cape Town by-law proposes fine for swearing on beaches

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The City of Cape Town has proposed a by-law that stipulates that no one making use of coastal beaches may use foul language.

Mayco member for special planning and environment, Marian Nieuwoudt says the law is still in its draft form and residents can comment on the proposal.

She says the City’s draft coastal by-law is intended to provide measures for protecting coastal zones and managing public access, as well as social behaviour on beaches.

“We need to address unruly behaviour, and unruly behaviour is then defined as a set of possible behaviour which is listed as an as part of it is then at this stage described as a use of foul or indecent languages.”