Gqeberha: Over 1 000 Teenagers Attend Large Super Spreader Beach Party

Gqeberha: Over 1 000 Teenagers Attend Large Super Spreader Beach Party

- An illicit party in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) has resulted in concerns over super-spreader events

- Over 1 000 teenagers attended a massive party with no social distancing or any other Covid-19 regulations

- The youngsters were reportedly out of hand and intoxicated during the festivities with police having to control the party

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Over 1 000 teenagers in Summerstrand beachfront, Gqeberha took part in the annual Skhothane Show. The kids were partying without masks and did not follow any social distancing protocols. Videos have been circulating on social media showing the party.

The videos show the teens drinking, dancing and partaking in the party in a street outside a petrol station. Police are reportedly following up on various incidents that took place at the festivities which ignored Covid-19 regulations in the country.

The illicit party involved a lot of heavy incidents, one of which was a car guard who was found dead on a street corner. Moments before his body was found, a group of teens were seen running away from the area.

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Gqeberha beach party, one dead, concerns over super-spreader events
A beach party in Gqeberha has left one dead with videos circulating online of the rowdy illicit festivities. Image: @dauchi16
Source: Twitter

According to TimesLIVE, the teens were intoxicated and unfortunately became horribly disruptive. The youngsters were seen throwing bottles and urinating. They were also heard singing loudly.

Summerstrand Neighbourhood Watch chair Sean Tappan stated that the car guard was lying facedown in the grass when they checked his pulse. He had none and his body was covered while the ambulance was called to the scene. There has been no confirmation on the unknown man's cause of death.

A report by The South African revealed that police confirmed that an investigation into a case of robbery had been opened but there were no cases of damage to property reported. Police also stated that there was no immediate connection of the car guard's death with the party.

In other news, recently reported that cabinet members held a virtual meeting on Wednesday, 24 March where various topics were discussed. One of which was the country's vaccination roll-out programme. The coronavirus disease Sisonke vaccination programme has been extended to 54 vaccine sites across the country.

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The statement released by the government about Cabinet's virtual meeting also discussed other aspects of the country's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The vaccination roll-out programme's different phases were discussed in more detail.

According to the statement, to date, 207 808 South Africans have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

South Africans have also raised concerns about a possible increase in lockdown regulations. This follows a recent report revealed that the National Command Council (NCC) was advised to restrict gatherings to 50 people and impose a 10pm curfew due to the Easter celebrations.

South Africans have started discussing the possibility of the country moving to Alert Level 2. The report stated that the NCC met recently. President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson said the government is keeping a close eye on developments in the pandemic and economy.

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