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SAPS warns 'pens down' parties in Nelson Mandela Bay

Nov 26, 2019
SAPS warns 'pens down' parties in Nelson Mandela Bay

Port Elizabeth - With the closing of schools next week, many of our school youth will be celebrating the start of their holiday season. Port Elizabeth police are warning party-goers and their parents.

"Every year ‘after’ parties takes place and specifically these parties being named 'pens down' parties, where large numbers of youth get together in streets close to taverns and entertainment areas where alcohol is consumed," said police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge.

"SAPS needs to emphasise that the Liquor Act prohibits the sale to and the use of alcohol by persons under the age of 18 years old.

"Many of the youth attending these parties are under age and become unable to control their actions and maintain an alert mental capacity and are easily influenced."

Captain Beetge said that furthermore the situation is worsened where other adults are present and criminal elements in the community take advantage of these severely intoxicated youths.

He said that in previous years, the SAPS have noted that after such parties, rape and assault cases are opened.

"In a very serious previous incident several children were killed and injured after a minibus drove into the crowd of youth while they were partying in Njoli Street, Kwazakele," Capt Beetge said.

"As part of the Safer Festive Season programmes, the SAPS is sending out a stern warning to the youth, their parents and the entertainment industry that the police will display a zero tolerance where the Liquor Act prohibitions are not adhered to.

"Parents need to take special care and attention during this period as we enter the holiday season and guard against their under aged children attending such parties.

"Adult supervision and control over the youth by parents, guardians and other delegated supervisors plays a key role to ensure the safety, security and protection of our youth."

Capt Beetge said that this forms part of the social protection drive during the 16 Days of Activism of No Violence Against Women and Children which kicked off on Monday until 10 December as well as the Safer Festive Season efforts by SAPS and its partners in Nelson Mandela Bay.

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