THE Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) hosted an awareness campaign in Port Alfred to alert the youth to the dangers of underage drinking.
The town – in the Ndlambe Municipality – was chosen for its high rate of underage drinking.
ECLB spokesman Msiya Mgwebi said the programme started last year to spread awareness.
“A better way to reach the pupils is to use drama and debate because we thought it would be better if they get the message from other pupils,” Mgwebi said.
Kuyasa Combined School Grade 10 pupil Ziphozonke Tuweni, 16, said they learnt a lot observing and participating in the debates and drama.
Nikiwe Mphahlele, 17, in Grade 9 at Velile High School said: “We all know alcohol destroys our future, but some of us choose to take that route.”
The ECLB invited murderer Zukisa Blou, 30, who is serving nine years at the Grahamstown Correctional Centre, to contribute to the discussion. Blou said: “These kids are very lucky as they have people willing to teach them about life. We never got that chance which is why most are behind bars.”
Ndlambe Municipality speaker Nonkululeko Maphaphu said: “These kids no longer care about their future as they spend most of their time in taverns or shebeens . . . Parents should take responsibility for their kids.”