Editorial Comment: Clampdown on litterbugs progressive
Litterbugs are a nuisance not only in Zimbabwean cities, but all over the world, despite being constantly targeted by authorities. The fact that littering remains a problem in many cities shows that the menace is far beyond paying lip service to tackling it. It is because of the problems associated with bringing littering to an end that we welcome any efforts being made to fight the scourge that has turned our beautiful capital city into an eyesore.
But the question we often ask when such pronouncements are made is: Will the punishment be effective enough to deter would-be litterbugs? Before we even talk about the deterrence of the penalties: Does the city council have enough manpower to monitor the residents to ensure that all litterbugs are brought to account?
These are the questions that the city has to pose before the penalties can be said to be good enough to ensure cleanliness. There has to be means and ways of apprehending the culprits and ensuring that the city eventually wins its case in the event that the litterbugs are brought before the courts.
It might be easier for the authorities to penalise companies that throw litter in front of their premises, but individual litterbugs have proved difficult to detect and control. Many of them have a knack for throwing litter from moving vehicles and they have been used to this reckless way of littering that also poses a danger to other motorists.
In this case, increased sanctions alone have not proved effective on litterbugs.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The HeraldSimilar Stories