Officials are mainly relying on tip-offs to shut down these gatherings.

Over the past few months, the City of Cape Town has put an end to roughly 49 illegal events in its jurisdiction. This information was released on Sunday when City officials informed the media that they are ramping up efforts to put a stop to illegal gatherings.

In the statement, the City says it relies mainly on tip-offs about events to identify them. They also regularly scan social media platforms for posts advertising social events which are in clear violation of lockdown regulations.

Several warnings have been issued to event organisers who have contravened the rules during recent months too. Despite these warnings, some organisers have pushed ahead with their events, oftentimes leading to unfortunate situations where the police pitch and shut the gatherings down.

“During a site inspection at a venue in Salt River in June, an event organiser was found hosting an event without a permit,” the statement read, clearly trying to explain the severity of the situation.

“He was detained and fined R3 500 for contravening Disaster Management Act regulations and the Liquor Act for the sale of alcohol without having a liquor license.

“The Events Permit Office has been constantly receiving complaints about illegal events, and it is important that we increase our enforcement operations against these illegal events,” the mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, said.

The City has said that its main goal is to nip superspreader events in the bud while we battle through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.