Guy Fawkes – worth it?

2015-11-03 06:00

Recently our neighbourhood has been disturbed by the sound of firecrackers.

This is an annual practice leading up to Guy Fawkes Day on 5 November, a day that has its origin overseas and to my mind has no importance in our communities for a number of reasons.

For one, already people and the poor animals are traumatised by the sound of firecrackers as with some you cannot differentiate if from gunshots.

Another reason on the day is that a number of children stay away from school out of fear that mischievous ones will smear them with old paint, eggs or, in some cases, dangerous objects between their fingers. They have no regard if they spoil your clothes or injure you.

Last year I witnessed a young parent with an axe in hand going after some youngsters because his small child was smeared as she was standing innocently at the gate.

The morning after you notice a lot of paint puddles and other markings on the road, electric boxes and other council or private property, a complete eyesore which leads to many rands to “fix”.

I know there is a Council bylaw that prohibits these activities or the selling of it and that it can happen at certain allocated areas but the law enforcement agencies are under-resourced, not proactive and simply don’t have the capacity for it. People still sell these things at shops or stalls.

I think the biggest factor in bringing this down lies squarely at the feet of parents.

For example, we never bought our children any toy guns or firecrackers. Admittedly, they are no angels but it was a conscious decision as responsible parents so that the positive practice can be continued when they are parents.

I am quite sure that if every parent decides not to give in, we can lead a much quieter life during this traumatised time.

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