Enyobeni Tavern tragedy prompts action from Buffalo City Metro and Liquor Board - SABC NewsEnglish 

Enyobeni Tavern tragedy prompts action from Buffalo City Metro and Liquor Board – SABC News

Officers from Buffalo City Metro and the Eastern Cape Liquor Board made surprise visits to liquor stores in the Scenery Park area to check compliance with their operating licences.

The visit aims to inform tavern owners about their roles and responsibilities. It also raises public awareness of the dangers of alcohol abuse.

This follows the deaths of 21 young people at the Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park on June 26.

The Enyobeni incident sparked a huge debate around underage drinking. Buffalo City Metro and the Eastern Cape Liquor Board are partnering to prevent a repeat of this tragedy.

They visited taverns to check compliance, said Buffalo City Metro Deputy Mayor Princess Faku.

“Compliance issues do you have enough windows open, is there enough exit area for people to get out, what time do they allow people to come in and sell cigarettes, alcohol and is there an age limit when it comes to that and also inform if there is an emergency which people to call.

Tavern owner, Thundezile Moya, says it is important to comply with the conditions of operating licenses when running a business.

“It’s very important to be considerate and respectful that your business can run smoothly, even though we don’t like to be watched from time to time.”

Patrons also welcomed the initiative. “The problem is that children have so many rights, so it’s easy for them to do whatever they want … the government should limit children’s rights.”

“It’s a good initiative, I hope they’re not just doing it because of the Enyobeni incident, there should be regular oversight.”

Preparations are also underway for the mass memorial service. The service is scheduled for Wednesday and President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed he will attend the funeral.

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