Fire­works should be banned

The Herald (South Africa) - - YOUR VIEWS -

I ASK those ir­re­spon­si­ble res­i­dents who let off crack­ers and al­low the burn­ing of tyres in their area: why are you do­ing it?

The an­swer would most def­i­nitely be be­cause it’s Guy Fawkes.

Some 99.9% of them do not even know who he was and what he did for this event to take place. Shame on them.

I’ve been in­volved with the po­lice since the mid ‘90s to try to curb this type of be­hav­iour and more so when I was the coun­cil­lor for Ward 11.

My ex­pe­ri­ence over the years is that the poor­est of the poor, who of­ten used to come to my of­fice beg­ging for food parcels or as­sis­tance, are the ones buy­ing their chil­dren crack­ers and en­cour­ag­ing them to let them off. They do not care one iota about where they will get money the fol­low­ing day to pro­vide for food or the ef­fect it has on the an­i­mals around them.

The only so­lu­tion to this prob­lem is that the pow­ers-that-be just ban fire­works com­pletely and ap­ply stiffer penal­ties to any­one caught burn­ing tyres that have a detri­men­tal ef­fect in most parts of the north­ern ar­eas.

Isaac Adams, Korsten, Port El­iz­a­beth

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