The Steenberg Community Policing Forum, law enforcement, police and neighborhood watches searched Retreat for illegal goods. PHOTO: Supplied
As the holiday season approaches, the Steenberg Community Policing Forum (CPF) is cracking down on the illegal sale of fireworks.
As part of a joint security operation with law enforcement, police and neighborhood watches, Steenberg CPF conducted a “walk” through the business district of Retreat on Saturday, October 29, confiscating illegal goods , including Viagra and fireworks.
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Leanne Reid, spokesperson for Steenberg CPF, said the operation was aimed at raising safety awareness.
“The operation raised awareness of safety related to upcoming events, including 16 Days of Activism for Non-Violence Against Women and Children and the holiday season.
“A large amount of illegal fireworks were confiscated along with Viagra and other enhancement tablets and shop owners were fined.
“Extortion was also a key point of attention for local businesses and shops that were checked for illegal goods.”
She added that the security operation included checking illegally parked vehicles.
“Cars were also checked and fined for illegal parking on sidewalks or crosswalks, and drivers without a license.
Steenberg CPF urges parents not to let their children roam the streets and commit criminal acts with fireworks.
“Steenberg CPF would like to remind parents that under South African law, parents and guardians who allow their children to roam the streets unsupervised, committing criminal acts, may be held liable for the conduct of their children.”
An illegal fireworks ‘transport’ was discovered during a security operation at Retreat. PHOTO: provided
Authorities are cracking down on illegal goods and unlicensed drivers this festive season. PHOTO: provided
Reid added that negligent parents and caregivers can be charged with the criminal conduct of their children and risk losing their Sassa grants.
“Please discourage them from getting involved in this kind of criminal misconduct.
“Always be aware of where your children are and what they are doing.”
Steenberg CPF urges schools to talk to children about the seriousness and consequences of misconduct.
Meanwhile, Ward 72 Councilman Kevin Southgate said over time they have tried to discourage people and businesses from selling fireworks.
“I support the security operation which was undertaken this weekend by all the security structures.
“Companies were warned in time and we have warned them, year after year.
“It would appear that some of them are still trying to circumvent the sale of fireworks, which has made it clear over the past few years that it actually poses a huge safety and security risk not only to residents and their properties, but also to animals. »
He added that he hopes the confiscation of illegal fireworks and the fines received by businesses will discourage others.
“The fact that some people have been found in possession of fireworks and fined would hopefully send a strong message in terms of the demand that local shop owners are not allowed to sell fireworks. ‘artifice.”
To report illegal and anti-social activity to the police, dial 10111 or the MySAPS app.
For illegal discharge of fireworks, the community can call 107 from a landline or 021 480 770 from a mobile phone for Cape Town’s Emergency Contact Centre.