Are Enyobeni owners still doing business?

Pastors, parents and peers of the Enyobeni victims, gathered outside the East London Magistrate Court when the Enyobeni Tavern owners appeared in court. PICTURE: ABONGILE GINYA.

When the owners of the Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park appeared in court in East London in September, the parents told the media outside the court that there are rumours that the owners are still operating. The owners, Vuyokazi Ndevu (43) and her husband Siya Ndevu (52) were said to be still running the business of selling alcohol in East London townships, with the other in town.

The Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) has confirmed that, based on its investigation, this is not the case, as there is no place selling alcohol under the couple’s names. Enyobeni is the only establishment still appearing under their names.

The board requests residents’ cooperation in providing information about businesses they suspect are operating under the name of the Enyobeni owners.

The ECLB spokesperson, Mgwebi Msiya said that anyone with information should come forward with details such as where they are and that an investigation would be done if this is indeed the case and action would be taken.

The spokesperson went on to say that according to his knowledge and records, there is no other establishment operating under the name of the couple.

The public is encouraged, however, to come forward with information or to call 080 000 0420 or WhatsApp 076 403 6223.

The Ndevus have been released on bail.

According to NPA spokesperson Luxolo Tyali, information is still being gathered and all charges against the couple must be brought together at the same time.

They appeared in court last month, and the case is scheduled for trial on April 25, 2023.