Residents urged to make Guy Fawkes safe for everyone

NOVEMBER 4, 2015

Residents of the Kouga Local Municipality have been asked to take hands with law enforcement authorities to help keep Guy Fawkes crime-free and safe for everyone this year.

Kouga Executive Mayor Daphne Kettledas said that Guy Fawkes, marked on November 5, was increasingly associated with activities that posed a danger to both people and animals.

A common practice is the launching of fireworks.

“It is illegal to launch fireworks in the Kouga region. We would like to call on residents to refrain from doing so, as it poses both a fire hazard and traumatizes pets to such an extent that they can injure themselves,” the Mayor said.

An even more dangerous Guy Fawkes tradition is the swinging and burning of tyres.

“Tyres are made of toxic compounds. When you burn a tyre, poisonous gases are released into the air and inhaled by those in the vicinity. Babies, children, the elderly, asthmatics and immune-suppressed individuals are very vulnerable to these pollutants. This includes people with TB or HIV/Aids,” she explained.

“Burning tyres are also a serious fire risk and cause significant damage to our roads and sidewalks.”

Residents are asked to help spread the message of a crime-free and safe Guy Fawkes for all. Those breaking the law by launching fireworks or burning tyres can be reported to the municipality’s emergency number on 042 291 0250 or the nearest police station.

Guy Fawkes is a British tradition which dates back to 1605 when a plot aimed at toppling the Protestant king of England in favour of the Catholics was uncovered.

Known as the “Gunpowder Plot”, the plan was to topple the government by blowing up the House of Lords, where Parliament would have gathered on the day. Guy Fawkes was the name of one of the conspirators who was tried and put to death for his involvement in the failed plot.