Eastern Cape police have warned the youth about “pens down” parties, especially in Nelson Mandela Bay, as part of Safer Festive Season Operations.

With the closing of schools next week, many school children will be celebrating the start of their holiday season.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) is sending out a stern warning to the youth, their parents and the entertainment industry that the police will not tolerate behaviour in which the Liquor Act prohibitions are not adhered to.

Captain Andre Beetge says adult supervision plays a key role in ensure the safety, security and protection of the youth.

This also forms part of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, which kicked off on Monday.