Despite event organisers taking stringent measures to keep out Covid 19 from the venues the virus still eluded them and there are fears that it could have infected a thousand or more students.
Matric rage festivals are have always been wild events. After spending twelve long years sitting behind desks the young throw all caution to the wind as they party till the early hours of the morning, celebrating the end of their schooling career. After a drink or two, they go into a dizzy whirl as they swing, shake and swirl to the loud thump of music. Who cares about coronavirus? They hug, embrace, kiss and some, highly intoxicated, shed all norms of decency, and end up naked on the floor. Ah, the recklessness of youth! They put fun and pleasure before the safety of their lives.
Now provincial health officials and organisers of the end-of-the-year matric parties are worried. Despite event organisers taking stringent measures to keep out Covid 19 from the venues the virus still eluded them and there are fears that it could have infected a thousand or more students. In turn, they will spread it to the rest of their families and the community, which could exacerbate the Covid 19 problem and leave healthcare workers exasperated. Now they are desperate to trace the infected students, have them tested and quarantined.
Knowing from what happened in Europe and America and knowing we are dealing with the exuberance of youth, should these matric parties have been allowed in the first place? How naïve were they! And how responsible were the parents to allow their children to attend such crowded events, knowing the dangers of coronavirus? Are we not closing the gate after the virus has bolted?
By Thyagaraj Markandan