The City of Cape Town says it has put a number of safety measures in place ahead of Sunday’s switching on of the Festive Lights on the Grand Parade.

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, says there will be random searches for prohibited items, CCTV monitoring, metro police officials and wristbands for children with their parents’ information.

The annual spectacle attracts about 80 000 people and will be preceded with a free concert featuring top South African artists.

Smith has warned criminal elements to stay away.

“What sets this event apart is that it is a quality event that is free to all, which makes it accessible to all communities. A word of caution to anyone looking to exploit the situation for criminal gain: we will not hesitate to act against anyone who engages in anti-social behaviour on the day. We will have staff in uniform, plain clothes, as well as our drones in the air to help us catch those who try and prey on people having fun.”