Friday, November 05, 2021

No permit, no fireworks

 The 5th of November is Guy Fawkes day.  Guy Fawkes day is celebrated all around the world, but for Western Cape citizens, it is going to be a bit different as the city has advised that anyone who wishes to discharge fireworks should apply for a permit.

The City of Cape Town appeals to residents to refrain from the destructive behaviour that has become synonymous with Guy Fawkes.

Last year, the Public Emergency Communication Centre recorded 238 calls about the illegal discharge of fireworks, and 17 about the illegal sale of fireworks.The highest number of calls were received from Beacon Valley, Lentegeur and Bonteheuwel.

Numerous incidents went viral on social media, of adults and elderly persons being chased, threatened and assaulted by mobs of youngsters, brandishing socks filled with paint, shoe polish, but also sharp objects designed to cause harm.

In recent years, there have also been increasing reports of vehicles being stoned as they pass through some suburbs.

With Guy Fawkes falling on a Friday this year, it increases the risk that the criminality will spill over into the weekend. The City’s enforcement services will increase its patrols on the day in a bid to curb lawlessness.

“Many residents, especially pet owners, oppose the use of fireworks and animal welfare organisations have their hands full on these nights. Residents are reminded that only national government has the authority to ban fireworks,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. 

Done By: Yandisa Qwabe

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