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Enyobeni tavern was illegally built

Enyobeni tavern was illegally built, say municipality

1st Jul 2022

The Buffalo City Metro revealed that the double-storey Enyobeni tavern was illegally built and violated trading hours.

The Metro confirmed they have launched an investigation into the tavern’s structure compliance in regard to its safety regulations.

The tavern was renovated late last year with a story being added to the building.

The municipality added that the tavern, in which 21 youngsters died mysteriously on Sunday morning, violated trading hours.

Metro spokesperson Samkelo Ngwenya said the tavern could face a fine or potential demolishment.

“Demolition could happen, but we will be guided by the findings of the investigation,” said Ngwenya, as per News24.

The spokesperson added that there were no building plans received for approval from the tavern.

“There was no building plan approved and, therefore, the building was constructed illegally, in contravention of section 4(1) of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act 103 of 1977.

“According to our records, there is no copy of approved building plans because the building was built illegally,” Ngwenya explained.

The spokesperson added that the tavern owner will now have to reapply to rezone the business from a residential building to a business in order to continue operations.

“BCM [the metro] did not receive any land use application and it is confirmed that no departure was granted for the operation of a tavern on this site and, therefore, to operate a tavern is illegal in terms of the zoning scheme,” said Ngwenya.

The Eastern Cape Liquor Board confirmed that the building was not a reflection of the plans they were given in order to obtain a liquor licence.

“The outlet was granted a liquor licence on the basis of a building plan that met the requirements. However, the approved structure seems to have since been altered,” spokesperson Mgwebi Msiya said.

The liquor board has since opened a criminal case against the tavern after accusing the business of serving alcohol to minors.

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