Opinion | SA’s taverns are slowly becoming ‘scary zones’

It’s not coming as a shocking surprise that acts of violence and lawlessness are spluttering in South Africa. Mzansi – an informal moniker for our country, is known for all worst tragedies.

Recently, the country has plunged into tragic deaths and mass killings, where close to over 40 lives were lost in the places of happiness in the remote townships.

In just a space of two weeks, people have died in four different taverns, and this has become a shocking revelation that the country is now on its knees, as safety of the society is at grave concern.

The first shocking incident was when 21 youngsters died at Enyobeni Tavern in East London, Eastern Cape Province.

The youngest victim was only 13-years-old. The sad truth is that the course of death is still unknown even today.

Many have blamed the tavern owner for allowing underage children to drink alcohol and as a result the residents and government ordered the tavern to shutdown.

Over the weekend, another tragic tavern genocides took charge in three taverns across parts of the country in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng Provinces.

In Samkelisiwe tavern, KwaZulu-Natal, four people were pronounced dead amid mass shooting.

While in Katlehong, south-east of Johannesburg in Gauteng, two people were shot dead.

At KwaMdlalose tavern in Orlando East, Soweto, 12 people died in the scene on mass shooting, then other three died in hospital, toppling the number of death to 15.

In 2020, seven were shot dead in a tarven at Khayelitsha.

In 2021, there were two mass shootings that happened, which led to five killed in Itireleng, while two were shot to death in Mpumalanga Province.

The debate amongst South Africans is that is it safe to go to tarvens nowadays and is government doing enough to fight crime?

Even though government has put certain measures to fight crime in the country, people are still agitated that their safety is at concern.

Minister of Police Bheki Cele, visited Soweto yesterday July 11, after 15 people were shot and killed at a tavern in Orlando.

Cele mentioned to Nomzamo community that he would deploy the police’s Tactical Response Team, affectionally known as ‘Amaberete’ to fight crime in the area.

“I have ordered five more cars to help fight crime in the community of Orlando. Here are the cars I have been talking about. They have arrived and will soon be branded to help solve crime in the area,” said Cele.

Cele also addressed that over 10 000 police will undergo training and the anticipation start date for heads to roll will be in December.

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