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14 Jul 2022

Liquor licence for the Sweetwater’s tavern in Pietermaritzburg suspended

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The KZN Liquor Authority said it found that security commitments made by the tavern were not adhered to.

The popular Samukelisiwe Tavern in Sweetwaters, Pietermaritzburg, where two gunmen killed four people. Photo: Twitter

The KwaZulu-Natal Liquor Authority has suspended the liquor licence for the Samukelisiwe Tavern and Restaurant in Sweetwaters for three months.

This comes after four people were shot dead at the restaurant on Saturday night. Eight other people were injured.

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A statement released by the KwaZulu-Natal Liquor Authority on Thursday, said it conducted an internal investigation which sought to determine if there were any breaches of the liquor licence conditions by the owner of the outlet.

“The KZN Liquor Authority found that security commitments made by the licensee were not adhered to as per the application documents submitted, this resulted in the breach of the licence conditions set out by the authority,” read the statement.

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It said the licence will be suspended until a security plan that was submitted is fully implemented and the KZN Liquor Authority is fully satisfied.

The tavern will remain closed from Thursday.

A memorial service for the four people who died was being held on Thursday morning in Sweetwaters.