The City’s enforcement staff will try to cover as many of the bases today for Guy Fawkes. Picture: Jeffrey Abrahams/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
Cape Town - The City’s enforcement staff will try to cover as many of the bases today 5 November for Guy Fawkes, said Mayco member for Safety and Security, and Social Services JP Smith.

"Experience has shown us that the illegal setting off of fireworks is but one of the challenges on this day in Cape Town. We’ve also seen a continuing trend of marauding gangs targeting people in what’s known as a macabre tradition of ‘smearing’. This practice also has a sinister undertone as its used as a cover for assaults and muggings, if not worse," Smith said.

"The City implores parents to keep their children indoors as far as possible; to not allow the handling of fireworks by children and to ensure that any acts of fireworks being set off, are done at one of the 11 designated sites we demarcated for this purpose."

Enforcement staff and the Fire and Rescue Service will also be on duty at these sites to ensure that revelers abide by the rules. 

Smith added that these sites will close at 11pm tonight, and similarly for Diwali on Wednesday. 

Complaints or calls for emergency or enforcement assistance can be directed to the Public Emergency Communication Centre by dialling 021 480 7700 from a cell phone or 107 from a landline.

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