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Lamoer urges residents to drink responsibly

Western Cape Police Commissioner says people should not to drink and drive in order to prevent accident.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer on Monday called on people to drink responsibly as alcohol abuse contributes towards the high death toll on the country's roads this time of year.

Police destroyed 10,000 litres of liquor in Belhar earlier which they had confiscated throughout the Cape Peninsula this year.

The liquor was emptied into large bins.

It will then be mixed with waste before being taken to a nearby landfill site.

Lamoer said it was part of the operation to clamp down on illegal liquor outlets in the province.

He said the warehouse is filled with more than 320,000 litres of alcohol that have been confiscated since 2010.

More than 100,000 litres of the total were confiscated in the last eight months.

Meanwhile, Johannesburg Metro Police warned bad behaviour, drunk driving or any other offenses would not be tolerated.

The police's Wayne Minnaar said police will be on full alert in all areas of celebration.

"There will be a huge contingent of officers on the roads tonight. We will have officers in Newtown, Commissioner Street and Hillbrow."