Over the years, there have been odd instances of unruly behaviour, often by teenagers, in Kenton during holiday times and weekends. These incidents seem to have escalated recently and vandalism of street signs and car number plates have been reported, along with serious damage to and theft from party venues.
KOSRA is becoming increasingly concerned that this behaviour could result in serious injury or even a death. As always, is it a few who overstep the mark and spoil it for everyone!
KOSRA has resolved to take three steps to try to restore tranquility to our village.
1. HEADS OF SCHOOLS
KOSRA will write to all HEADS OF SCHOOLS in Grahamstown asking them to inform parents of the recent incidents of unruly behaviour by teenagers in Kenton. As these perpetrators were easily identifiable their misdemeanors have caused serious damage to the reputation of their school.
- In future, if serious behaviour occurs in Kenton and an act is committed for which a student could be criminally charged, the school should urge the venue to lay criminal charges. Plus, the perpetrators would be liable for instant expulsion from the school.
- This code of conduct should be written into the terms and condition of the schools attendance contract.
- The HEADS OF SCHOOLS should also remind parents and students of the dire consequences of a criminal record.
2. LIQUOR LICENSES
KOSRA will also write to all potential party venues in Kenton, especially those with LIQUOR LICENSES, asking them to be more responsible, and before accepting a booking for a party they should:
- Identify which parent/s will accept responsibility for any damage or loss, and get their written acceptance.
- Request a hefty deposit for any damage that may occur.
- Insist on security being hired for the function at the expense of the parents.
- Ban any entrance charge being made by the students.
- Insist on the presence of at least 2 parents for the duration of the function.
- Comply with the liquor laws and demand proof of age.
- Prohibit any alcohol being brought onto the premises.
- Ensure there is adequate supervision by owners, managers and their staff.
- Ensure that, should there be any sign of drugs, hooliganism or vandalism, SAPS and HiTec be notified immediately.
- And as a matter of course, they lay criminal charges against any person at the function who commits a criminal offence, such as damage to property or theft, irrespective of any compensation offered or paid.
3. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KOSRA will request that the Station Commander of SAPS in Kenton visit all licensed premises in Kenton and Bushmans to remind them of their liquor licensing terms and conditions.
- In particular, that it is illegal to sell liquor to persons under the age of 18.
- Failure to report any crime committed on their premises will result in the owner being charged with defeating the ends of justice.
- The Station Commander should ask all HEADS OF SCHOOLS in Grahamstown to advise parents and students that, because of their flagrant abuse of the liquor laws, anyone planning a party for more than 20 pax must furnish full details in writing to SAPS not less than 48 hours prior to the event so the police can include the venue in their patrol schedule.