VAAL TRIANGLE - The South African Police Service today issued a stern warning to youngsters planning end-of-year parties, as well as their parents that there will be zero tolerance for anyone contravening the Liquor Act. The Liquor Act prohibits the use of alcohol by people under the age of 18. A police spokesperson, Captain André Beetge, said every year, after-parties take place where large numbers of youths get together in streets close to taverns and entertainment areas where alcohol is consumed. He said many of the youth attending these parties are under age and become unable to maintain an alert mental capacity and are easily influenced. In previous years, the SAPS have noted that after such parties, rape and assault cases are opened. Beetge added that parents and supervisors were responsible for the safety of young people. The warning is part of a social protection drive during the 16 Days of Activism of no violence against women and children, which kicked off yesterday and continues until December 10.