The municipality’s acting executive director of sports, recreation, arts and culture, Kithi Ngesi, said at a portfolio committee meeting on Friday that the city was battling to curb drinking along the beaches, particularly during the peak summer season.
“We have had discussions to say we know it is wrong to drink in that area, but for the lack of us, as a city, providing a space to drink, perhaps there is nothing we can do but to tolerate drinking at Marine Drive during peak season,” she said.
“But while we allow people to drink in that area, we also have law enforcement which will control drinking in the area.”
She said Kings Beach used to be a “drinking” beach, but the city never provided an alternative when alcohol was banned on the beach. “What we have seen is that when drinking was stopped, people had nowhere else to drink.”