Attacks on kids ‘not on our watch’

2015-11-10 06:00
The Buick street committee were out in full force in Beacon Valley on Thursday last week for Guy Fawkes, to ensure the safety of children going to and from school. PHOTO: Samantha lee

The Buick street committee were out in full force in Beacon Valley on Thursday last week for Guy Fawkes, to ensure the safety of children going to and from school. PHOTO: Samantha lee

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In the wake of Guy Fawkes celebrations, order has been restored. The area was alive with groups of children armed with mud socks covered in paint on Thursday last week. Although not permitted, the odd firework could be heard in the area.

Several streets are still littered with firework packaging and tainted with paint and mud.

Residents have also taken to social media, discussing several casualties and incidents due to Guy Fawkes.

One report says an elderly woman was thrown with paint. Several animals have reportedly been affected by the sounds of fireworks.

But with youngsters running amok, calm and order were kept in some streets with street and block committees, as well as the neighbourhood watch, maintaining strong visibility.

In one such case, the street committee of Buick Crescent was stationed on the corners of Cadillac and Triumph streets and Austin, Buick and Bentley crescents since 06:30 on Thursday morning.

Carol Mentoor of the Buick street committee says there had been several incidents last year of mud and paint thrown at children who were on their way to school. They were not about to let that happen again.

“We came together and discussed what we could do to ensure at least our street was safe,” she says.

“Children have become so vicious on this day, with blades and stones.”

The 12 members of the street committee – mostly seniors – rotated throughout the day.

They prevented any paint throwing and setting off of fireworks in the area.

“We can’t do the entire area, but at least we can make sure that the children are safe on their way home from school,” says Mentoor.

She commended the police for maintaining a strong visibility in the area.

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies also had no major incidents to report at the 12 official sites designated for the discharge of fireworks during Guy Fawkes celebrations, two of which are in the Mitchell’s Plain area.

A total of 550 City staff members were deployed at the various sites and surrounds, which saw a collective attendance of just under 21 000 people.

The three busiest sites were Table View, with 7000 people, and Maiden’s Cove and Strandfontein Pavilion with 5000 people each.

As a result, these three sites also posed challenges in terms of congestion and traffic management.

Most of the sites were cleared by 23:00 and no major incidents were reported.

A total of 16 injuries were reported due to Guy Fawkes celebrations, 10 of them involving minors.

Five of the injuries occurred at Maiden’s Cove, with the youngest child injured being just five years old. Most of the injuries reported were hand injuries.

Officers issued 16 fines at the sites to the value of R6200.

Police have also issued warnings to residents selling fireworks without permits.

At 14:30 on Thursday Mitchell’s Plain police received information that fireworks were being sold at a home in Mongoose Street, Tafelsig.

Warrant Officer Raymond Solomon, the sector commander for the area, confiscated 137 different types of fireworks at the house.

A 47-year-old man was given a warning for the illegal possession of fireworks.

“This also serves as a warning to the community at large that the fireworks can be dangerous and harmful to children. The community members who wish to set off fireworks can do so at the designated areas.”V What are your thoughts on the way Guy Fawkes is being celebrated? Email us on or SMS your views to 32516 starting with the word “Mpost”. SMSes cost R1.

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