By Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities:
Western Cape Liquor Authority members responded in the early hours of Sunday morning to reports of a serious incident at a tavern in Khayelitsha. The police were on the scene, and have subsequently opened a case. The Liquor Authority closed the establishment temporarily.
Pending the outcome of a report from SAPS’ Designated Liquor Officer, the Liquor Authority will take appropriate action, which can include sanctions such as revoking the licence if warranted.
We have also received reports that underage persons were inside the venue at the time of the incident. We are extremely concerned by this and will be investigating in terms of the liquor law.
I would like to send my condolences to the families of the victims of this tragedy. We will work actively with the SAPS to get to the bottom of this incident and ensure that appropriate action is taken.