Sydney Majoko
3 minute read
5 Jul 2022
7:15 am

Enyobeni tavern tragedy can be a catalyst to turn around alcohol industry

Sydney Majoko

This country does not have a shortage of laws, it simply falls on implementing those laws.

Enyobeni Tavern where 21 teenagers who died during the early hours of Sunday morning on 27 June 2022 in East London. Picture: Gallo Images/Die Burger/Lulama Zenzile

One of the first industries to feel the brunt of the Covid lockdown regulations was the alcohol industry. Overnight, trading in alcohol was made illegal. Of the more than 400,000 employees in the alcohol sector, up to 200,000 of them faced permanently losing their jobs due to the on-off nature of the alcohol bans. Millions of lives were affected and some of the businesses that shut down back then never opened their doors again. But perhaps the biggest effect of targeting the industry in the fight against the pandemic was the unintended consequence of criminalising an industry that is crucial...