Po­lice will mon­i­tor year-end school bashes

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Welling­ton Mak­wakwa

A STRONG warn­ing has been is­sued for school year-end bashes ar­ranged across the re­gion this month.

Whether ‘Pens Down’, ‘Omunye phezu ko­munye’ or ‘Vosho’ par­ties, po­lice will mon­i­tor all fes­tiv­i­ties to curb crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.

High school pupils use this pe­riod to cel­e­brate the end of the school year, but these are of­ten plagued by al­co­hol and drug abuse, vi­o­lent at­tacks, sex­ual as­saults and fa­tal ac­ci­dents.

Ac­cord­ing to the King Cetshwayo Po­lice Clus­ter spokesper­son, Capt Mbon­geni Md­lalose, many pupils have lost their lives at these shindigs from drug over­doses, stab­bings af­ter drunken ar­gu­ments and drown­ings, amongst oth­ers.

‘These par­ties lead to tragic in­ci­dents as cel­e­bra­tions some­times get out of hand when young peo­ple be­come in­tox­i­cated. They are ex­posed to dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions.

‘Even if they are not in­volved in any crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties, most en­gage in drunken sex­ual ac­tiv­i­ties. Some be­come vic­tims of rape with no rec­ol­lec­tion of what hap­pened the night be­fore,’ he said.

‘We will be on the look­out for un­der age drink­ing, drug users and ped­dlers. There will be no mercy for of­fend­ers,’ Md­lalose said.

Searches will be con­ducted to en­sure par­ties are free of weapons and drugs.

Po­lice mem­bers from all twelve po­lice sta­tions within the re­gion will be scat­tered at places such as Pel­i­can Is­land and Alka­ntstrand beach in Richards Bay, Mtun­zini beach as well as in some ar­eas in eSikhaleni.

The De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion King Cetshwayo District Di­rec­tor, David Chonco, ad­vised pupils to be re­spon­si­ble.

He said it is crit­i­cal for pupils to avoid these un­su­per­vised bashes.

Chonco ad­vised par­ents to mon­i­tor their chil­dren’s where­abouts dur­ing the hol­i­days.

‘Par­ents must su­per­vise their chil­dren and en­sure if they go out it is to a se­cure lo­ca­tion.

‘When they visit beaches, par­ents should be there and make sure they swim in the pres­ence of life­guards. We must work to­gether to en­sure the safety of our chil­dren.’

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