A growing subculture of throwing paint and faeces during Guy Fawkes in Cape Town

Many Capetonians celebrated Guy Fawkes on Monday with some residents letting off fireworks to celebrate the day.

Richard Bosman, Safety and Security Executive Director at the City of Cape Town says although there were a few mischievous activities, this year's celebrations were quieter than normal.

He says there were a few injuries when two minors had fire thrown at them resulting in a firefighter being injured.

Bosman believes the gloomy weather and periodic rainfall across the city kept things a bit quieter.

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There was some rain in other areas like Atlantis, so it wasn't as busy as in other areas.

Richard Bosman, Executive director of safety and security at City of Cape Town

A phenomenon that arises in other areas was kids throwing each other with paint and in some instances throwing faeces at people. There is a subculture developing around Guy Fawkes irrespective of crackers or not, kids will be smearing each other with paint...

Richard Bosman, Executive director of safety and security at City of Cape Town

Shot Spotter plays an important role in combating gun crime in gang-ridden communities.

The Shot Spotter technology is used on the Cape Flats to detect and respond to gunfire.

Bosman says the celebrations of Guy Fawkes wreaked havoc in some areas where a team was dispatched only to find out it was fireworks and not gunshots that had caused the noise.

To listen to the whole conversation on Guy Fawkes, listen below:


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