Municipality speaks out about fireworks

After a big uproar was caused about the fireworks during New Year, the municipality is having their say.

Numerous residents and response members of SACCW (South African Community Crime Watch) took to the streets and stopped residents not abiding by the law.

Law enforcement also had their hands full with complaints when the sky lit up. On Monday, January 16 Mr Kingdom Mabuza, municipal spokesperson, highlighted the by-law regarding the discharging of fireworks. The by-law states that, unless so authorised in terms of Section 33, no person may use fireworks within 500 meters of any explosives factory, explosives storage place, petrol depot or petrol station.

Fireworks may not be discharged inside a building, on any agricultural holding, at any public place, and in any residential area within the municipal urban area.

The by-law further states that no person may light or ignite fireworks in any place where animals are present.
No person may present a fireworks display unless he or she is authorised to do so by the Council.

He continued by saying:

“I am not certain what informed the court’s decision but as the municipality we respect the law.”

This was after the selling of fireworks was legalised shortly after it was ruled illegal by the municipality, to sell and discharge fireworks.

Mabuza went further by saying:

“Yes we do support the ban of fireworks, especially in cases where users do not adhere to restrictions. It is an undisputable fact that fireworks are handled recklessly and they cause untold harm to animals and danger to residents. The municipal officers were on duty during the festive season and they responded to numerous complaints which included irresponsible use of fireworks.”

Witbank News has reported on this issue on numerous occasions because of the impact it has on the residents and animals. On January 5 it was reported that Mr Rademeyer’s dog chewed its way through a trellidor to get into their house, while fireworks were being discharged.

Mr Stanley White, response member of the SACCW stated that this fight is not over and they will continue until the selling and buying of fireworks are ruled illegal in the Emalahleni Local Municipality area.

A meeting was held on 19 December last year with sector leaders from the SACCW Neighbourhood Watch as well as members from the police, municipality, traffic department, law enforcement and the eight legal distributors of fireworks. The selling and discharging of fireworks was ruled illegal, but a court ruling later overturned this.


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