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The Inadequate Message Sent By The Enyobeni Tavern Sentence

As a society, we need to do better in addressing the issue of underage drinking and drug abuse. It is not enough to solely hold the tavern owners accountable;

In the recent case involving Siyakhangela and Vuyokazi Ndevu, owners of Enyobeni tavern, the sentence handed down by the court has failed to send a stern enough message to liquor operators.

The Ndevus were given a mere R5,000 fine or a 100-day prison sentence for selling alcohol to minors, despite the tragic consequences that unfolded at their establishment.

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In 2022, a Pens Down celebration at Enyobeni tavern turned into a nightmare when twenty-one under-aged children lost their lives under mysterious circumstances that are still under investigation.

This incident should have served as a wake-up call for the authorities to take decisive action against those who contribute to the problem of underage drinking and drug abuse.

It is disheartening to see that the sentence handed down to the Ndevus does not reflect the severity of the offence committed.

A mere fine or a short prison term does not adequately address the loss of young lives and the potential harm caused by selling alcohol to minors. This lenient punishment fails to send a strong message to other liquor operators who may be engaging in similar illegal activities.

As a society, we need to do better in addressing the issue of underage drinking and drug abuse.

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It is not enough to solely hold the tavern owners accountable; we must also engage in a strict dialogue around the advertising of alcohol, the legal age for the sale of alcohol, and the prevalent culture of public drinking under the guise of events like Pens Down, After Tears, and Chilling.

By allowing such lenient sentences, we risk perpetuating a culture of irresponsibility and disregard for the well-being of our youth.

It is crucial that the justice system takes a stronger stance against those who contribute to the harm caused by underage drinking. Only then can we hope to protect our young generation and create a safer environment for all.

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Matimba Khoza for SurgeZirc SA
Matimba Khoza for SurgeZirc SA
Matimba Khoza is a prominent figure in the world of journalism, serving as the Opinion Editor at SurgeZirc SA. With a keen eye for insightful content, Khoza receives numerous opinion articles and skillfully harnesses them to provide readers with thought-provoking perspectives.
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