The cause of the deaths of 21 teenagers in a clubhouse known as Enyobeni tavern in Eastern Cape, East London on June 26, 2020, in South Africa is still yet unknown. According to the latest report from the Municipality, the two-story building clubhouse could be demolished by the government since it may be constructed without legal authorization.
The Municipality further stated that the Enyobeni tavern also violated other laws like trading hours and many more. On Thursday, June 30, church organizations gathered themselves together outside the premises of the tavern to hold a prayer session for the departed souls, and their family members and also prayed that such an incident will not reoccur.
Some South Africans have reacted to this in different ways, take a look at some of their responses below;
"So many things at play here.
1. Illegal structure.
2. Load shedding. Generator inside.
3. Alcohol sold to underage kids.
4. Police and other officials ignored the complaint.
Who is to be blamed?"
"I blame those brown envelopes that change hands under the table."
It is the practice in areas where blacks are the majority. When I tip building material on my pavement an inspector will stop to do an inspection but 5km from me in township new buildings every day no plans."
"So why was nothing done? The loss of lives of the kids could have been avoided."
"It's only now that they are acting. Municipalities do have a program of asset verification where they do check up on municipal immovable assets and also houses, so I'm amazed they are only doing findings now after the incident has occurred. What a crippled system."
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