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City warns against Guy Fawkes criminality<p>​The City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate is steeling for another Guy Fawkes Day.</p><p>The annual ‘tradition’ has, in recent years, been associated with acts of violence and intimidation by mobs of youths in a number of hotspots around the metropole.</p><p>In 2019, the Public Emergency Communication Centre (PECC) fielded nearly 350 calls on the day, most relating to the illegal discharge of fireworks.</p><p>The City’s enforcement services also fielded complaints of cars being stoned, individuals being assaulted, and confiscated fireworks being sold illegally.</p><p>In the past 72 hours, the PECC has fielded at least 18 calls complaining of the illegal sale of fireworks, or the illegal discharge of fireworks. </p><p>‘Guy Fawkes crimes are perpetrated by a minority who hold law-abiding citizens to ransom in the name of fun. I’ve been very clear in the past that this outdated tradition needs to stop. Apart from the indiscriminate letting off of fireworks that disturbs the peace and terrorises animals and communities, the senseless violence directed at motorists and pedestrians can simply not be condoned. </p><p>‘I can only hope that we will see a change in attitude and behaviour this year. Our staff will be on patrol in the areas that have developed a reputation as hotspots over the years, in a bid to deter attacks, but it is actually nonsensical that enforcement resources have to be devoted to this when there are other, more pressing demands that need attention,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. </p><p>The public is reminded that no fireworks will be allowed, unless a permit has been obtained to host a fireworks display. </p><p>In addition:<br>• No person may store or sell fireworks without the necessary permits<br>• No person under 16 is allowed to handle fireworks<br>• The discharge of fireworks in a public place, without a permit, is prohibited<br>‘There is some rain forecast on the day, so hopefully that will serve as a deterrent. I also remind the public that matric exams start tomorrow, so Guy Fawkes is an unnecessary distraction, given the year that our learners have had. I appeal to parents to keep their children indoors and out of harm’s way, and to please not partake in illegal fireworks activities,’ added Alderman Smith.</p><p>Members of the public can report incidents to the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre by dialing 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.<br>  <br></p>2020-11-03T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#f2612fa3-615f-484c-80e1-a7b4db44018f;L0|#0f2612fa3-615f-484c-80e1-a7b4db44018f|public Emergency Communication Care (107);GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#b80a134f-f902-463f-a1d1-c36a000e70b7;L0|#0b80a134f-f902-463f-a1d1-c36a000e70b7|fireworks;GP0|#fc0a19bf-6a9b-42af-bc90-8a0d4b9f4eac;L0|#0fc0a19bf-6a9b-42af-bc90-8a0d4b9f4eac|vandalism;GP0|#40b767e7-bd30-4256-b01a-0deec96a62b2;L0|#040b767e7-bd30-4256-b01a-0deec96a62b2|youth10

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