All matriculants who attended Rage events are urged to go into a 10-day quarantine. This comes after the Department of Health identified a number of COVID-19 confirmed cases arising from these super-spreader events.

The Rage events are hosted annually to celebrate the end of matriculation. So far, they have taken place in Ballito on November 27 to December 4

In a statement on Sunday [December 6], Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed that the Department has identified a number of COVID-19 confirmed cases arising from these super-spreader events.

“This therefore means that if you attended any of these Rage events, you are now regarded as a contact,” said Mkhize.

“We now urge all the Rage attendees to immediately go into a 10 day quarantine period as per the Department of Health Guidelines on Quarantine and Isolation. We also urge that all Rage attendants test for COVID-19.”

Mkize also encouraged parents to take their children who have attended Rage for testing as soon as possible.

“We warn South Africans that this is a clear illustration that large gatherings which involve the consumption of alcohol are a major risk and continue to undermine our efforts to con-tain the spread of the virus,” Mkhize added.

“Whilst government makes an effort to contain this virus, we now plead with all parents to also exercise their their parental prerogative and set boundaries on activities that their children (specifically the youth) can participate in.

“It is clear that in these entertainment activities, most participants are not constantly conscious of good behaviour. This means that our youth is not only exposing themselves to the risk of contracting COVID-19, but they also put the lives of their parents, grandparents and other loved ones living with co-morbidities at risk.”

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