City to propose complete ban on firecrackers

Guy Fawkes celebrations in Cape Town, resulted in 32 injuries including that of a 14- year- old- boy who lost parts of three fingers.

Alderman JP Smith, City’s Safety and Security Directorate says the city is doing its best to impose restrictions that will preven firecrackers being discharged in public spaces, but it is up to national government to place a total ban on this.

He says he would like the mayoral committee to direct correspondence to national government proposing for a complete ban on firecrackers.

Even with our best efforts and with the most active approach where we tried to channel the chaos to designated areas, we still had bad injuries.

JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member: Safety and Security City of Cape Town

We said parents need to observe what their kids are doing. I repeated those words 30 times in days before Guy Fawkes.

JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member: Safety and Security City of Cape Town

Smith says they dealt with about 500 complaints on the day and over hundred people were arrested for getting drunk and breaking the law.

Smith also responded to complains about a traffic camera resting on a tripod over Plattekloof bridge.

He says it is not a speed camera but new technology that the city is piloting to detect if someone is disobeying the lines, driving on the island or the shoulder of the road.

At the moment it is not operative so nobody is going to get fines from it, we are just piloting it, checking the accuracy.

JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member: Safety and Security City of Cape Town

Listen to JP Smith talking about Guy Fawkes and a new tech camera being piloted by the city:

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