Enyobeni tavern tragedy: Scenery Park youth calls on Cele to bring justice

The youth say if government provided them with facilities such as libraries and sports programmes, youngsters would not be wondering around taverns.

Youth from Scenery Park and neighboring communities in East London march for their 21 peers who died at Enyobeni Tavern and held a candle lighting ceremony on 29 June 2022. Picture: Screenshot

SCENERY PARK - The youth of Scenery Park in the East London on Friday said it was high time local government authorities took them seriously.

The youth say if government provided them with facilities such as libraries and sports programmes, youngsters would not be wondering around taverns.

The group said for years, their leaders had failed to listen to them.

Holding placards reading “you are deployed and not employed,” young people have taken to the streets again in Scenery Park.

They said they wanted their local government officials to do what they were being paid to do.

Leading this protest, Maxwell Lamte said the police should be doing regular checks at taverns in the area: “The crowd that was there was not good, and we know they are not patrolling. We know they are not patrolling.”

He said they wanted Police Minister Bheki Cele to act swift regarding this: “We don’t want to tears, we want Bheki Cele to take action, whoever was supposed to do the job during the night must be held accountable.”

The group is adamant that their concerns be addressed.

YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT A PROBLEM

The marching youth in the area said the high unemployment in their community was a big problem and they wanted accountability.

Kamte said more was needed to keep the youth in Scenery Park occupied in a positive way: “We do not have recreation or facilities that can keep our children busy and distract them in a positive way, we don’t have sports activities and there is no one taking care of kids with what they need in terms of support.”

Resident Thandile Solani said the tavern tragedy had sparked their anger on many other issues affecting the community: “This was just a trigger of more issues that we have within the community, this just triggered that pain and anger we have.”