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    Enyobeni tavern: Cyril Ramaphosa wants ‘alcohol crack-down’

    More than a week after 21 young souls lost their lives in the Enyobeni tavern tragedy, Cyril Ramaphosa has rallied against the scourge of underage drinking – and the president has now challenged police to ‘step-up their enforcement’ of certain alcohol laws.

    Cyril Ramaphosa calls for ‘tougher enforcement’ of alcohol laws

    The East London venue was crammed full of underage drinkers and minors who shouldn’t have been there. The deaths still remain under investigation, but an entire community has been crippled with grief as a result of this horrendous incident.

    This disaster has prompted an emotional response, and at least one leading politician called for a national alcohol ban in the wake of Enyobeni. Alas, this form of extremism isn’t endorsed by President Ramaphosa – but he is now seeking a strict response from SAPS.

    ANC leader calls for action to avoid another Enyobeni

    In his weekly newsletter, Cyril instructed SA’s law enforcement agencies to prevent traders selling booze near schools. He has also called for increased surveillance on liquor stores and taverns, to ensure no-one is selling alcohol to any person under the age of 18.

    “There is a conversation we do need to have as a country. It is the problem of under-age drinking. We must come together to combat this vice that is robbing our young people of the best years of their lives.”

    “We call on communities to work with authorities to ensure that taverns breaking the law face the consequences. Police must step up the enforcement of laws that prohibit the sale of alcohol close to schools and enhance monitoring to ensure alcohol is not being sold to minors.”

    Cyril Ramaphosa

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