Cape Town - It was time for the police and the liquor licensing authority “to get tougher” with liquor traders who fail to comply with the law, Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde said yesterday.
Winde said a ruling by the Western Cape Liquor Licensing Tribunal earlier yesterday “served as a lesson for us as well in the department; our inspections need to be jacked up”. The tribunal revoked the liquor licence of Osi’s Place, a tavern in Khayelitsha, where a tragedy resulting in the loss of eight lives took place in June.
The owner of the tavern, Phumlani Abraham, has been barred from being granted a liquor licence for the next five years.
Six young women died when the staircase of the overcrowded tavern collapsed. Another two victims died on their way to hospital when the vehicle they were travelling in crashed. Among the victims were two minors.
The tribunal found “that one plausible explanation can be that someone had lost his balance and like a set of dominoes the whole group of people were knocked over, especially because of the narrow staircase where people were coming and going without control”.