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Media Advisory: SAHRC Eastern Cape Provincial Office to conduct a youth dialogue on social ills and social cohesion in the wake of the Enyobeni tavern tragedy

Attention: Editors and Reporters

4 August 2022

On Sunday morning, 26 June 2022, a reported number of about 21 young people lost their lives at the Nyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park. The events leading up to their deaths are still under investigation. Against this background, questions have arisen regarding how social ills and issues of social discord affect young people in particular.

The SAHRC views the best interests of the child principle as paramount to any and all decisions to be made affecting children, and further underscores the need for a participatory approach in engaging with children and learners. In this regard, and in order to ensure that the views of children are heard on matters relating to social ills, peer pressure, alcohol abuse and more, the Commission endeavors to host a stakeholder engagement with children and learners specifically, in order to provide them with a platform to raise their concerns.

Learners will participate in an informal, safe discussion with the Commission on issues of concern, which may also include teenage pregnancy, family construction, HIV/Aids and the impact of Covid-19 on employment/social assistance.
The stakeholder engagement is scheduled to take place as follows:

Date: 4 August 2022

Venue: East London

Time: 11h00-12h30

The Commission wishes to continue to promote and protect the rights of children believe in child participation to find solutions. Through this engagement the Commission also wishes to consult learners on our SHiNE project, which aims to popularise a state of improved social harmony, solidarity and improvement of the national condition.
For further information, contact the SAHRC Provincial Manager, Dr Eileen Carter @ 043 722 7828/072 638 9016 or email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Advocacy and Research Officer, Zukiswa N Mqakanya @ 043 722 7828 or email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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