No to ‘pens down’ parties – department

‘SA doesn’t need another tragedy’

- By Unathi Nkanjeni

As final exams draw close to an end, the education department in Mpumalanga has appealed to pupils not to attend and host “pens down” parties.

The department described “pens down” parties as unruly and reckless, and said the country does not need another tragedy like the Enyobeni tavern in East London.

“Past experience­s have proved these parties lead to disastrous consequenc­es due to lack of adult or parental supervisio­n. Over-indulgence in alcohol and drug intake are common at these parties.”

It encouraged pupils not to allow peer pressure to get the better of them, saying it is wise to choose correctly and be safe.

“Some pupils lose their lives as a result of the reckless behaviour at these parties. Some pupils risk unplanned pregnancie­s and contractin­g sexually transmitte­d diseases as a result of these unruly parties.”

The department called on parents and community members to join the call to denounce “pens down parties” in the strongest terms.

“Parents are further requested to monitor their children’s movements and conduct and strongly discourage them from engaging in such activities. Let’s join hands to protect our children and safeguard their futures,” it said.

In June, 21 teenagers died at a tavern after a night of partying and celebratin­g “pens down”.

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