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The organizer fined R4000 for internet hosting an unlawful occasion with 300 college company in Cape City (CBD)

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Cape Town – The City of Cape Town law enforcement along with the police have suspended an illegal event that was attended by around 300 people.

Mayco's security member JP Smith said officials on Thursday night stopped the illegal event, which was taking place at a school in the CBD.

The organizer was fined R4,000 for violating several laws.

The organizer of the meeting with around 300 participants did not have a permit according to the provisions of the Citys Event and the national law on safety at sports and leisure events.

The illegal event took place in the school's disused swimming pool that had been converted into a skate park, Smith said.

It also violated the Alcohol Act by serving alcohol without a permit and violating noise regulations.

In addition, the organizer did not have any health and safety protocols. These protocols aim to contain the spread of Covid-19 and are in compliance with the provisions of the Disaster Management Act.

The regulations issued on February 28, 2021 only provide for gatherings with a maximum of 100 people for indoor facilities and 250 participants for outdoor gatherings.

Smith added: While the city supports the return of events and will continue to play its role of trailblazer, it is important that gatherings be held in a safe environment that is compliant with the law.

Illegal events put customers' lives at risk due to the lack of security and crowd management, to name a few.

Smith said unregulated events during a pandemic pose a major health risk that could become super-spreaders of Covid-19.

This poses a huge risk to the event industry's recovery if we allow unregulated events to trigger more national government restrictions on gatherings.

Our law enforcement agencies will be on standby to contain non-compliant events and impose fines on the organizers, he said.

He added that the Event Permit Office is ready to assist organizers who want to host legal events.

The city has also developed protocols for hosting safe events during Covid-19, informing organizers of the procedures to follow to obtain a permit.

The logs are available on the Citys website.

Email [Email Protected] for assistance from the Event Approval Office.

Cape Argus

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