– There is a concern that the party scene in Mzansi could cause a resurgence of COVID-19 with people no longer following health protocols when going out
– Venues in Mzansi are hosting parties with no social distancing and masks, they are also filled way past capacity
– Universities South Africa (USAF) has said that since the lockdown regulations have been relaxed, students are taking part in reckless behaviour
There is a growing concern that the party scene in South Africa might cause a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic. After Blackdoor Lounge was shut down in Sandton by Bheki Cele and the SAPS last night, it has been noted that there are other places that are operating past the midnight curfew and filled past capacity.
According to a video making the rounds on social media, a Shisanyama in Ga-Rankuwa, Pretoria had hundreds of people partying with no face masks on. This was also the case at a venue in Johannesburg called Altitude Beach, showing young people taking part in irresponsible behaviour.
This week alone, 125 students from the University of Fort Hare tested positive for COVID-19 after they had allegedly gone to a party in East London.
Universities South Africa (USAF) expressed that they had a concern for reckless student behaviour since the lockdown in South Africa had been relaxed.
“There are reports of students mingling recklessly, throwing parties within residences and visiting nightclubs with not much regard for the safety protocols,” they said in a statement.
Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad from the Durban metro police said that students were not following the lockdown regulations that are put in place.
He said: “You find groups of students gathering outside their accommodation, smoking and drinking — not a mask in sight.”
Professor Salim Abdool Karim, co-chair of the ministerial advisory committee has said that moving back to a higher level of lockdown was not on the cards but could happen as a last resort. He said that South Africans were not following the appropriate safety measures and he is concerned about the travel in December.
Briefly.co.za previously reported Ramaphosa warns African Union against second wave of Covid-19 cases. President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed African nations as the chairperson African Union, warning against a second wave in Covid-19 cases. Ramaphosa urged countries to avoid a surge of infections which could necessitate a more strict lockdown.