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JP Smith: “Safety and security at the beach a priority for the city”.

There have been growing concerns about safety after two stabbings at beaches in the space of 5 days.

Safety at beaches in the Western Cape province has been of great concern lately with growing calls for more stringent security measures ahead of the summer holiday season.

This follows the death of a 19-year-old UCT student who was stabbed in the chest after he and his three friends were approached by two men who apparently tried to rob them of their cellphones at Clifton’s 3rd Beach on Saturday.

In another incident, one person was stabbed and another assaulted with a brick in Camps Bay Beach on Monday.

It would seem to be a developing trend and a major cause of concern as there have been two stabbings on beaches in less than a week.Security measures need to be beefed up as we are fast approaching the holiday season and beaches will be teeming with holiday makers.

Camps Bay Ratepayers Association chairperson Chris Willemse said these incidents were fairly unprecedented , adding that they met with the City and security clusters over the matter.

Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith said beach safety was one of the priorities for the City, particularly during the warmer months.

He said they were putting in place measures to ensure significant law enforcement presence on beaches as it appeared that the festive season activities started much earlier this year.

He said these feature prominently in the City’s festive season readiness plan to be made public in November.

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