The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) has called on the government to rename all KZN beaches after some former youth leaders, who contributed immensely towards the development of young people.
This comes after a Gauteng holidaymaker Abram Makola was left fuming after he and his family were subjected to a stop-and-search at Blythedale Beach in KwaDukuza‚ north of Durban.
According to the league, Makola, a tenant in a holiday home over the festive season‚ was targeted and subjected to the search because he was a black beachgoer.
Makola disclosed that he was badly treated by the Blythedale Beach Residents and Ratepayers Association (BBRRA) shortly before Christmas day despite telling the security men that he and his family were not new to the beach.
He said he became uncomfortable with the search when he realised that a white family behind them in a queue were allowed to cross to the beach unsearched.
For this reason, ANCYL KwaDukuza regional secretary Musa Zondi accused BBRRA of mal-handling young black beach visitors. He lamented that of all the beaches across the country, “Only Blythedale Beach was targeted, primarily because it is used by young black people.”
The league expressed sadness because visitors to nearby beaches at Tinley Manor, Zinkwazi, Thompson’s Bay and Ballito were not subject to the same stop-and-searches that were conducted on visitors to Blythedale Beach.
It also criticised the KwaDukuza municipality and the “inconsistent” approach with which it enforced the by-laws. BuzzSouthAfria gathered that the by-laws (including stop-and-search) were immediately implemented after local residents complained about noise, sex, drunkness, and drugs at the beach. These social vices were allegedly carried out by thousands of mainly black visitors who visited the beach in December.
The youth league categorically stressed that it did not condone public drinking or litter. It, however, noted that such issues are found at other coastal towns, including Tinley Manor‚ Zinkwazi‚ Thompson’s Bay and Ballito‚ and frowned that Blythedale Beach was unfairly singled out because young black people often visit it.
“The beaches along the north coast were often used by rich‚ white minorities who indulge in alcohol in an excessive manner and like nobody’s business and yet no one says anything to them‚” Zondi alleged.
With these and more, the league said it wants Blythedale Beach renamed Bonga Zungu Beach and Thompson’s Bay Beach renamed Cebo Mfekayi Beach.
“These are former youth leaders who led the struggle for young people and also led as councillors,” it added.
Meanwhile, BBRRA confirmed that peace has been restored in KZN beaches and local residents have no pressing issues at present.