Remember, the 5th of November

2018-11-13 06:01

Guy Fawkes Day is a holiday that is observed in Great Britain every year on November 5th.

Originally, it was a day used to celebrate the foiled assassination attempt on King James I.

In days gone by, Guy Fawkes was celebrated without the worry or concern that there would be any consequences of casualties because of the use of fireworks.

However, in certain parts of South Africa, Guy Fawkes is celebrated differently even though, annually, the City of Cape Town informs the public of access to all sites designated for this purpose but sadly, these areas are not utilised for that specific reason, much to the detriment of neighborhood residents and their pets.

A few weeks prior to this event, fireworks are discharged, often times illegally in residential areas where children as well as pets are left traumatised and at times, also maimed.

By now we all know that fireworks are not to be sold by unregistered shop owners or to under-age children.

Yet, this practice is ongoing without consequences of fines or holding the perpetrators accountable.

During this time, notifications regarding the legalities surrounding the sale of fireworks, are posted on numerous social media sites, with little or no action taken against parties who do exactly the opposite.

Lawless behaviour and sales are still carried out irrespective of the warnings­.

Rianna Wentzel, Email

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