Drinking competition ends in tragedy as man dies soon after downing an entire bottle of hot stuff


A man aged between 25 and 30 died after he drank an entire bottle of Jagermeister to win R200 in a tavern in Limpopo.

The incident happened at the Blue Corner tavern in Ha-Mashamba Village near Elim in Limpopo.

The man died shortly after he drank the entire bottle of Jägermeister.

Jägermeister is a German digestif liqueur made with 56 different herbs and botanicals, invented in 1934. It’s 35% ABV, which is relatively high alcohol for a liqueur.

According to police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, police are investigating an inquest.

“Police in Waterval outside Louis Trichardt have opened a case of inquest following an incident of apparent misuse of alcohol that took place at one of the local liquor outlets at Mashamba village where the patrons allegedly participated in what they called a “drinking competition”. The winner who could consume the entire bottle of Jagermeister within a specified time, would get R200.00 cash. One of them immediately collapsed thereafter and was taken to the local clinic where he was certified dead.”

Mojapelo said the incident allegedly happened on Sunday 10 July 2022 at about 23h30. Police investigations are continuing.

The South African contacted the owner of the tavern for more information but without success.

This comes as 21 people were shot and killed at three taverns across the country this past weekend.

In Gauteng, unknown gunmen stormed the Mdlalose tavern in Orlando East, leaving at least 15 people dead.

Scores of bullet cartridges were found at the scene, with AK-47 rifles clearly being used.

But an AK-47 can only take 30 ammunitions at a time, said Cele.

“You put 30 bullets in it, meaning they would reload and reload the AK-47, which means those people meant serious business in the killing… There were cartridges from small guns too. It’s a group of people who intended to come here and do the damage that they did.”

While in Katlehong, two people were killed and four injured in another mass shooting, which also took place in a tavern.

In KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), four people died following a shooting at a tavern. According to police, two armed men stormed the establishment in Pietermaritzburg and opened fire. Eight people were injured.

Cele, along with other police top brass, including National Commissioner General Fannie Masemola, met on Monday, 11 July 2022, and received a full report on both shootings.

Police Ministry spokesperson Lirandzu Themba said police management had tasked an 11-member detective team to investigate the murders, and maximum resources have been activated to find and apprehend the five suspects.

— The South African

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