Cops to curb teen drinking

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Police plan to crack down on drunken teenagers.

Drunk under-18s should be detained until their parents come and collect them.

That’s what Durban North Councillor Heinz de Boer would like to see after a police raid on pubs and clubs in Durban North and Umhlanga last weekend.

De Boer, who joined the raid, said he was disgusted to see a 13-year-old girl passed out in a pool of vomit in an alley and was determined to crack down on under-age drinking, as the annual matric “rage” and festive season approaches.

“We saw a lot of under-age kids hanging around, with many under-age girls walking the street and dressed in a very provocative manner,” said De Boer.

He said it appeared to be common practice for teens to be given R500 by their parents to go out for the night, where alcopops and shooters were popular choices of drink.

And having alerted the public last week to a shocking trend of young men in Durban being raped after a night out, Rape Wise Chief Executive Officer John Buswell said the “16 Shooters” game – when a teen turning 16 has to consume 16 shots of alcohol – was common practice.

“Sixteen tots of alcohol is a lot to drink and teens are inexperienced in this regard,” said Buswell.

He said two parents had contacted him with regard to their sons being drugged during nights out after reading the article in The Independent on Saturday last week. “Both of them had consumed shooters and could not walk,” he said.

SAPS spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Mdunge said that while the festive season campaign had not yet been officially launched by the National Commissioner for KwaZulu-Natal, the public could expect a lot of police activity to curb crime leading up to, and during, the festive season. - Independent on Saturday


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JR, wrote

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03:13pm on 11 October 2011
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The law about alcohol needs to be changed from the current "not to sale to persons under the age of 18" to Not to be CONSUMED by anyone under the age of 18. How many times do you go out to a restaurant and parents are buy underage children alcohol? The law states the child cannot buy it but go to any bottle store on a weekend in any area and you will see young kids lined up waiting for a older legal teen to buy the alcohol for them.

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buster, wrote

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04:13pm on 9 October 2011
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for crying out loud! can't we see that alcohol destroys the fbric of society...the youth,our future leaders.forget about the high revenue that dop brings in terms of tax,feel sorry for our poor kids who are being dragged into an abyss of drugs,sex and sin!!cut out the chase and ban the production,sales and consump tion of this nasty chemical which is soul destroying.p lease treat our kids as little darlings and don't get rid of them by spoiling them with material things!!

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Concerned parent, wrote

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02:04pm on 8 October 2011
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Many thanks to the local Council, this is much needed in DBN. There are far too many unqualified parents, who think it is easy just paying to "hide" their faults!

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So What?, wrote

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01:50pm on 8 October 2011
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If a club serves under 18's, fine them or close them. I recall days when going to a club required an ID document - bring that back in - if the club owner allows persons in without checking their ID fine him. Does the liquor Act also not prevent the barman lady from serving one who is drunk or who they think might have had too much? But greed takes over.

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