“We want to reiterate that these are superspreader activities which endanger the lives of young people and expose them, and ultimately all those around them, to the deadly coronavirus and the new Omicron variant.”
He warned those who intend to hold such events that the lives of citizens are a “priority and no life must be risked”.
“These gatherings are often characterised by alcohol consumption and risky behaviour which pose a real threat to human life. We expect parents to play a leading role in guiding their children by ensuring they are safe to enter the next stage of their lives after matric.
“We wish to remind the youth of the mission of their current generation, which is to defeat Covid-19. The KwaZulu-Natal government is committed to its responsibility to protect the lives of all our citizens, and we call on every citizen to play their part.”