South Africa: KZN Learners Urged to Adhere to Covid-19 Protocols

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has issued a stern warning and appealed to parents and learners to stop organising or taking part in celebrations that flout current COVID-19 safety protocols and endanger lives.

“With the end of the year, comes the end of school for learners, especially matric, as they enter the new world of tertiary education or work,” Zikalala said.

However, he has warned learners against holding events such as Matric Rage or “throw the pen away after parties”.

“Most of these gatherings young people gather in large groups, others indulge in alcohol binges and other wanton activities. We want to reiterate that these are super-spreader activities which endanger the lives of young people and expose them and ultimately all those around them to the Coronavirus,” he cautioned.

This comes after the Department of Health has identified the Ballito Rage as a super-spreader event after scores of COVID-19 infections that emanatED from the event over the weekend.

“We are however also aware that similar events to mark the end of schooling are also scheduled in various parts of the province and parks and so-called ‘underground’ venues,” the Premier said.

“We again wish to warn all those who intend to hold such events that this is against the regulations and we will not hesitate to apply the full extent and might of the law to deal with any such transgressions wherever they occur.”

Zikalala believes that these large gatherings, which involve excessive consumption of alcohol, are characterised by risky behaviour and pose a real threat to the national effort to fight the spread COVID-19.