December 31, 2013
Cops warn ... No New Year's celebratory gunfire, salutes
The police have issued a reminder to licensed firearm holders to be responsible and to desist from participating in 'celebratory gunfire and salutes' during the New Year celebrations.
A reminder has also been issued to promoters that the necessary permission must be sought and approved by the divisional commanders for the staging of events which must be held in accordance with the terms and conditions outlined in the permits issued.
Where illegal activities are observed or are brought to the attention of the police, the event will be terminated, equipment will be seized and persons prosecuted.
They say that the law will be applied to its fullest extent when breaches are detected.
They further say they will take a zero-tolerance approach to persons who are hosting events that include the following:
Dances held without approval;
Music being played beyond the cut-off time;
Music causing a nuisance to the public;
Musical events held in the streets impeding vehicular and pedestrian traffic;
Use of firearms at these events resulting in injury or death to patrons;
Use of drugs at these musical events;
Improper parking which creates congestion;
Breaches of the National Solid Waste Management Act. Improper disposal of garbage;
Abstraction of electricity;
Expression of lewd lyrics by disc jockeys;
Attendance of children at these musical events.
The police are urging all patrons and promoters to act responsibly, with appropriate discretion and within the remit of the laws.
Citizens are urged to contact the police emergency number 119 or the nearest police station to report any breach of the law.