Liquor Authority tavern Pietermaritzburg Samukelisiwe

Four people were allegedly shot and killed in Pietermaritzburg. Image: Pixabay

Liquor Authority suspends Samukelisiwe Tavern and Restaurant licence

KZN Liquor Authority has suspended Samukelisiwe Tavern and Restaurant’s licence in Pietermaritzburg where four people were shot and killed.

Liquor Authority tavern Pietermaritzburg Samukelisiwe

Four people were allegedly shot and killed in Pietermaritzburg. Image: Pixabay

The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Liquor Authority has suspended the licence of Samukelisiwe Tavern and Restaurant in Sweetwaters, Pietermaritzburg where four people were allegedly shot and killed. 

A total of twelve people were shot; two people were declared dead at the scene while two others reportedly died in hospital. Another eight people were rushed to hospital after they sustained injuries.

LIQUOR AUTHORITY SUSPENDS SAMUKELISIWE TAVERN AND RESTAURANT’S LICENCE

On Tuesday, the KZN Liquor Authority said their investigation has revealed that Samukelisiwe Tavern and Restaurant owner did not implement the security plan he submitted when applying for the licence.

KZN Liquor Authority acting CEO, Bheki Mbanjwa said they will be making recommendations to the board to take further steps against the licence holder which may also include suspending the licence pending the implementation of the said security measures that were supposed to be implemented. Mbanjwa said this will likely happen within two days.

On Thursday, the KZN Liquor Authority said it 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. 

“On Wednesday, 13 July 2022, the KZN Liquor Authority resolved to suspend the licence with immediate effect for a period of three months or until such time that a  security plan that was submitted is fully implemented and the KZNLA is fully satisfied with the same. 
“The premises shall remain closed from  14 July 2022 until the end of the period of suspension thereof.” 

KZN Liquor Authority

Following the incident, charges of murder and attempted murder were opened for investigation at Plessislaer SAPS. The docket has been transferred to the Provincial Organised Crime Unit who will take over the investigation.

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