Two surfers who attempted to sneak to a beach to ride the waves were each slapped with a R5 000 fine when they were caught. A video made the rounds on social media when the two Jeffreys Bay surfers were caught by the Kouga Municipality’s Law Enforcement.
The video shows the two young men being instructed to get into the back of a police vehicle. The police were called to transport the surfers.
As reported by the HeraldLIVE, the two men are in their early 20s, and had made their way to a popular surfer spot called Supertubes Surf on the afternoon of Sunday, March 29. They were arrested as they emerged from the water.
Kouga Municipality spokesperson Laura-Leigh Randall confirmed that both surfers were fined R5 000 each.
“They were reported to the authorities by concerned residents and apprehended when they came out of the sea by members of the municipality’s law enforcement unit, the Jeffreys Bay police and a local security company,” she said. “They were taken to the Jeffreys Bay police station, where they were released with a fine of R5 000 each.”
The fine follows national lockdown protocols, and if the pair is found guilty of not paying this, they may spend up to six months in prison.
Failure to pay the fine will land the surfers in the Humansdorp magistrate’s court in early May.