The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal calls upon the KZN Department of Education to take a stand and ban all matric ‘pens down’ celebrations. With the discovery of the new Omicron variant in South Africa, these events could easily become super-spreader events.
The IFP believes that it would be difficult for youngsters to ensure that they wear masks, sanitise their hands regularly and maintain social distancing.
Allowing such parties to take place is nothing more than a recipe for disaster, as they are also destructive in nature. Unprotected sex and the use of illegal substances are often a fixture of the parties and, in the past, matric final exam celebrations have claimed the lives of many young people, through car accidents and violence meted out against one another.
The IFP calls upon the KZN Department of Education to ensure that such events are banned in KZN. A clear message must be sent out that anyone found to be staging such an event will be held accountable.
Further, the IFP urges schools and parents to be alert, as some of these parties are planned secretly by learners. In the interest of protecting their children from this new Covid variant, and for their general safety and wellbeing, parents must denounce such parties. It would be tragic for young people with their whole future before them to lose their lives.
Mrs Thembeni Madlopha-mthethwa, MPL
IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson for Education
071 884 3844 / 079 114 3015