South Africa Welcomes Enyobeni Tavern Owners' Sentence of R10K Fine or 100 Days in Prison

South Africa Welcomes Enyobeni Tavern Owners' Sentence of R10K Fine or 100 Days in Prison

  • The owners of the Enyobeni Tavern, where 21 young people died, have been sentenced after they were found guilty of selling liquor to minors
  • The husband and wife pair were sentenced at the East London Regional Court to a R5 000 fine each or 100 days imprisonment
  • South Africans accept the judgement and blame the parents for letting their children drink alcohol while underage

With nine years' experience, Tebogo Mokwena, a current affairs writer for Briefly News, provided insights into the criminal justice system and high-profile cases in South Africa at Daily Sun. Do you have a hard news story you would like to share? Email with 'CA' in the subject line.

The owners of the Enyobeni Tavern were fined R10000 or 100 days imprisonment each
Netizens blamed the parents for the deaths of the Enyobeni 21. Images: boonchai wedmakawand and Felix Dlangamandla/Daily Maverick/Gallo Images via Getty Images
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EAST LONDON – The man and woman who own Enyobeni Tavern, where 21 children tragically lost their lives in 2022, were handed down their sentence. They were sentenced to 100 days in prison or a R5 000 fine each after they were found guilty of selling alcohol to children under the age of 18.

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Enyobeni Tavern owners handed judgement

According to SABC News, the couple, Siyakgangela and Vuyokazi Ndevu, were given the same sentence, including a fine or minimal jail time.

What you need to know about the Enyobeni Tavern case

South Africans welcome the judgement

South Africans on Facebook accept the judgement and blame the parents for their children's deaths.

Malma Joe said:

"Parents of those kids should have been charged with child negligence."

Besuthu Mtswane Mngcongela remarked:

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"Nothing wrong with this judgment because they were never held responsible for the death of those kids, and neither were they charged for their deaths."

You Tu remarked:

"Parents must be charged for neglecting their children."

Msanda Maiyana:

"Parents' negligence. The owners did not kill anyone."

Kash Msuthu observed:

"Parents must be held accountable by the law."

Nelspruit woman killed outside tavern

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that a 22-year-old woman from Nelspruit in Mpumalanga was shot and killed outside a tavern.

The woman was outside the tavern with her friends when someone emerged from the establishment and shouted at them to go home.

The man then allegedly fired some shots in the direction of the car, and as they drove away, they realised that the woman had been fatally shot.

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