WITH the majority of schools closing today, Wednesday 4, and opening next year on January 15, the SAPS has cautioned pupils to stay safe during the festive season. KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said that following the recent incidents of pupils partaking in “Pens Down” and other school closing parties, SAPS wants to send a stern warning to those who will be attending these parties to behave themselves and not get into trouble with the law. “Police will be deployed in hotspot areas like beaches to ensure that those who use drugs and alcohol in public places are arrested,” said Gwala, adding that drug-taking among the youth is destroying their lives and their futures.Furthermore, Gwala stressed that parents and communities have a responsibility to educate children on the dangers of indulging in drugs. “We also encourage communities to continue informing us of the presence of drug dealers. “Police will be deployed in recreation areas to ensure that no alcohol is used in those areas. “We are also appealing to parents not to allow their children to travel alone when embarking on trips during the festive season,” said Gwala.Concluding, Gwala said anyone with information on criminal activities is encouraged to make use of the MySAPS App by downloading it on their devices. Alternatively, contact the SAPS Crime Stop unit at 08600 10111.