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City agencies gear up for Guy Fawkes<p>The City of Cape Town appeals to residents to refrain from the destructive behaviour that has become synonymous with Guy Fawkes.</p><p>Last year, the Public Emergency Communication Centre recorded 238 calls about the illegal discharge of fireworks, and 17 about the illegal sale of fireworks.<br><br>The highest number of calls were received from Beacon Valley, Lentegeur and Bonteheuwel. <br><br>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.<br><br>In recent years, there have also been increasing reports of vehicles being stoned as they pass through some suburbs. <br><br>With Guy Fawkes falling on a Friday this year, it increases the risk that the criminality will spill over into the weekend.<br><br>The City’s enforcement services will increase its patrols on the day in a bid to curb lawlessness.<br><br><strong>FIREWORKS<br></strong><br>The public is reminded that the City is no longer providing designated fireworks sites for Diwali, Guy Fawkes or New Year’s Eve, and that no fireworks will be allowed, unless a permit has been obtained to host a fireworks display.<br><br>In addition:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">No person may store or sell fireworks without the necessary permits</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">No person under 16 is allowed to handle fireworks</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The discharge of fireworks in a public place, without a permit, is prohibited</div></li></ul><p>Residents are encouraged to report any incidents, including the illegal sale and discharge of fireworks to the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre by dialling 021 480 7700 from a cellphone, or 107 from a landline.</p><p><strong>End</strong><br></p>2021-11-02T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#b80a134f-f902-463f-a1d1-c36a000e70b7;L0|#0b80a134f-f902-463f-a1d1-c36a000e70b7|fireworks;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#550cea01-5fec-45fb-8509-f49cfc36c0e0;L0|#0550cea01-5fec-45fb-8509-f49cfc36c0e0|Safety10

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