EThekwini Metro Police have clamped down on noisy activities from liquor retailers in areas around Umbilo and Glenwood. This, after local residents complained about the noise at night around those areas, especially, on weekends.

One local resident, who requested anonymity for fear of being victimised, claimed that there was a surge in number of places with noisy activities at night, making it difficult for residents to sleep night. The resident expressed her concerns that those activities could render those places prone to criminal activities.

Former Umbilo CPF chairperson, Ben Madokwe, expressed the same sentiments. He claimed that there were some areas which were experiencing rising criminal activities, allegedly due to the increase of night activities. He claimed that such activities could make crime worse in those areas, as many areas around Umbilo, Glenwood and Berea always faced intensified criminal activities during the festive season.

Ward 33 councilor, Mmabatho Tembe, said that municipality authorities have moved in speed to address the issue and the situation has been restored to normality, since the city deployed its law-enforcement officers. She added that the law-disobeying liquor retailers and other night operating hospitality retailers were forced to operate within the frameworks of the the city by-laws. Tembe reported to the public that Metro cops have dealt with owners of the retailers notorious for loud music.

EThekwini Metro Police’s Superintendent Glen Ndlovu, confirmed that complaints regarding noise were communicated with the eThekwini Metro Police office and said that cops acted swiftly to address the situation. He pointed out liquor outlets situated along the intersection of Berea Road and Umbilo Road, saying they were the most prominent sources of loud noise.

”To deal with the issue, we have since then started routine patrols which are conducted every weekend with the intention to enforce the city’s by-laws. Our operations are broader as they include many policing activities, including verification of liquor retail licenses and other requirements for business as well as checking the business’ compliance to safety standards,”‘ he said.

Patrons were not exempted from police operations, as Ndlovu said that some of them were made to account alongside with the retailer owners, with some patrons getting charged for offenses involving unlawful conducts like breaking traffic laws and parking of vehicles outside of designed parking spaces. Ndlovu described the situation in those areas as “back to normal”.

However, Ndlovu warned that routine patrols will continue and are conducted every weekend.