Port Elizabeth police urge public to be cautious over Guy Fawkes weekend

BY YOLANDA PALEZWENI - NOVEMBER 3, 2016

Port Elizabeth police have appealed  to parents to take control of their children after they were inundated with complaints of burning tyres and damage to infrastructure in the Bethelsdorp area, in Port Elizabeth - in the lead up to Guy Fawkes Day 2016.

Police also said that they will maintain a heavy presence in the Northern Areas this weekend focussing on the Guy Fawkes celebrations.

“The Criminal Matters Amendment Act 18 of 2015, which came into operation on the 1st of June 2016 will form an integral part of the policing strategies employed in the Northern Areas when Guy Fawkes is celebrated this year.

"In terms of this legislation any person, who unlawfully and intentionally damages essential infrastructure, is guilty of an offence,” said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

She added that, that will impact severely on those individuals setting tyres alight on the road surface as part of their ‘Guy Fawkes’ celebrations and an accused arrested for this offence may only be released on bail by a competent court.

Police are warning revellers to be responsible and to act within the confines of the law as no sympathy will be given to any person found to be disregarding the provisions of the mentioned Act.

The Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster sends out a stern warning to the community that the police will not tolerate such actions especially when service delivery is compromised by attending to complaints of this nature.

“The police could be attending to more serious matters instead of having to douse and remove tyres from the road. We will not hesitate to arrest anyone who is in violation of the Criminal Matters Amendment Act,” said Gen Rabie.