Eastern Cape residents want tavern to be closed

SOUTH Africa’s Eastern Cape Liquor Board says it will lay criminal charges against the owner of a nightclub where 21 young people below the age of 18 died on Sunday Morning.

The circumstances surrounding the death of the youth are not yet clear as police investigations are still underway.

The Eastern Cape liquor board has since announced that it has revoked the liquor licence of the establishment.

In a statement, the Board’s Chief executive officer, Dr. Nombuyiselo Makala said the owner blatantly contravened the liquor act by serving alcohol to minors.

Meanwhile, National Liquor Traders (NLTA) convener Lucky Ntimane says the blame lies with the owner of the night club. 

The night club owner, Siyakhangela Ndevu has pledged to work with law enforcement agencies to get to the bottom of the matter. 

Police Minister Bheki Cele says the deceased were aged between 13 and 17. 

He has also deployed a team of experts to investigate the circumstances behind the deaths.

Residents have called for the closure of night club claiming that it is profit-driven and does not have the interest of the patrons at heart.