Tuesday, December 16, 2008

SAPS promises to keep fireworks under control

By Cindy Witten
16 December 2008


The South African Police Service (SAPS) has promised to come down on people who do not use fireworks in a responsible manner. At this time of the year, being the festive season, there is an increase in the use of fireworks.

SAPS Director Phuti Setati says that the use of fireworks at this time of the year is a serious concern.

“We would like to ensure that all by-laws are observed at this time of the year,” said Setati.

“The public is reminded that fireworks in South Africa are controlled in terms of the Explosives Act, 1956 (Act No 26 of 1956).”

Setati said that all persons have to comply with the conditions of this act. He added that any person who commits a breach of this act will be found guilty and will have to pay a fine, not exceeding R600, or serve a prison sentence of up to 12 months.

According to an issued statement, all Station Commissioners throughout the country have been ordered to obtain copies of these by-laws from the local fire prevention offices and ensure that they are available in all Community Service Centres. The purpose is to ensure that all members of the community comply with these by-laws.

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