Rowdy revellers kept at bay

Some members of the EMPD Equestrian Unit who helped to keep the crowd under control are (from left) Supt Coert Jordaan, Const Graham Allan, Const Maurice Grové, Const Cliffie Viljoen and Supt Ronald Botha.
Some members of the EMPD Equestrian Unit who helped to keep the crowd under control are (from left) Supt Coert Jordaan, Const Graham Allan, Const Maurice Grové, Const Cliffie Viljoen and Supt Ronald Botha.

Residents who live in close proximity to the dam normally have to put up with loud music, intoxicated people, fireworks and people urinating in full view of others.

This year, however, it was a different story. Members of the EMPD Equestrian Unit, as well as the First Reaction Unit, came out in full force in an effort to control the huge crowd that normally gathers at the Dam on New Year’s Day.

This group of friends and family from Paynville enjoyed the first day of the New Year at the Jan Smuts Dam.

This group of friends and family from Paynville enjoyed the first day of the New Year at the Jan Smuts Dam.

All vehicles entering the park were searched and pleasure seekers were given the option to have their liquor confiscated or to celebrate elsewhere.

Those who were willing to adhere to the rules and regulations still enjoyed a fun-filled day without the normal disturbance to residents living close to the park.

Members of the EMPD First Reaction Unit, Const Alpias Nhlangothi and Supt Gift Msimango.

Members of the EMPD First Reaction Unit, Const Alpias Nhlangothi and Supt Gift Msimango.

Margret Malanga (31), who lives in Tsakane and spent the day with family and friends at the Jan Smuts Dam, said she had absolutely no problem with the EMPD and SAPS patrolling the area.

“I come here with young children and I do not want them to be with people who drink too much and make trouble,” she said.

A 27-year-old man who only identified himself as Elias said he thought the law enforcement was a bit too strict.

“We have nowhere else to go and it is the New Year afterall,” he said.

“What is wrong with drinking a few beers? Not all of us get drunk and not all of us make trouble.”

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