21 teens likely accidentally poisoned in East London tavern

2022/06/28 08:06:00

Mourners expressed anger and despair on Monday at the death of 21 teenagers in an Eastern Cape tavern over the weekend, as investigating authorities said the youths were probably accidentally poisoned by something they ate, drank or smoked.

The still unexplained deaths of the teens, some of whom were celebrating the end of school exams and others a birthday party, have brought an outpouring of grief and shocked a nation accustomed to injuries linked to a binge drinking culture.SAPS "I don't know if we can say what happened, for now, I did ask the person who's leading the autopsy, Dr Zondi and he says they are collecting the information that can tell us the situation.13m ago Bodies found at East London tavern taken to state mortuaries The 17 bodies discovered at Enyobeni Tavern in East London have been taken to various state mortuaries, the Eastern Cape Department of Health says..

Authorities ruled out an earlier-touted notion of a stampede.Residents of Scenery Park, on the edge of East London, said they had asked authorities to close Enyobeni Tavern down weeks ago because it was serving under-aged children." Cele visited the crime scene on Sunday where nine girls and 12 boys between 13 and 17 were found dead at the Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park.The tavern's licence was revoked on Monday.The deceased have been taken to state mortuaries," Manana added.At a prayer meeting at a local church, mourners and priests sang, prayed, drummed on hymn books and cried over the loss of the youngsters.According to the tavern’s Facebook page, an all-black-themed party celebrating two birthdays was hosted on Saturday.“I'm so devastated.Registered on the BusinessLIVE, Business Day or Financial Mail websites? Sign in with the same details.

We are so angry,” Maxhabiso Sibotoboto, 50, whose 17-year-old granddaughter, Monelo, was among the dead, told Reuters by phone from a church memorial service for them.He’s described the crime scene as terrible.Earlier reports stated police were investigating the deaths of at least 22 people.“People were complaining about the tavern.No one was happy about it.So I'm not qualified to talk until I'm told exactly what happened.The community wanted the tavern to be shut,” he said."It is no less than 18 people who have died in this incident," Binqose told News24, but the death toll was revised to 17 after receiving confirmation from police spokesperson, Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana.Monelo did not live with her parents, because her father had died and her mother worked a long way from home, he said."We've taken a few more samples to toxicology to Cape Town which we've been advised will take a longer time but we'll try to make sure Cape Town helps us on that.

Pictures circulating on social media, still unverified by authorities, showed the bodies of youths lying scattered across the floor of the tavern, some also seen motionless on tables and couches.“We are so heartbroken, guys." MORE FROM ECR.Kinana told Reuters that police were alerted by members of the public to the incident at Scenery Park, about 3km from the East London city centre.We lost one of our family members, a child who was doing grade 12 (final year) this year.We can’t accept it,” said Yandiswa Ngqoza, an aunt, as she choked back tears outside the morgue dressed in black attire.“By the look of the child she has no visible injuries,” Ngqoza said, before breaking down sobbing.Keep an eye on News24 for the latest updates.

Minutes earlier she had entered the morgue and identified her niece, whose name she did not disclose.“POISONING” Eastern Cape police spokesperson Brig Tembinkosi Kinana told Reuters that the youngest victim was a 13-year-old girl.An emotional Police Minister Bheki Cele had to pause speaking as he started weeping on Sunday, triggering cries among his audience outside a morgue.The issue of the 19 quarantined votes from the region saw fierce debates overnight.“It is either something they ingested which will point to poisoning, whether its food or drinks, or it is something they inhaled,” Unathi Binqose, spokesperson for the Eastern Cape community safety department said by phone on Monday, ahead of a toxicology report still being awaited.He said hookah pipes were visible in CCTV footage of the scene.

“We are ruling out a stampede,” he added, after initial media reports suggested this may have been the cause.The Gauteng High Court found that Jabulani Sithole, a branch delegate from Ekurhuleni, had failed to convince the court of the urgency of his application.President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday he was worried about the circumstances under which young people, at least some under the age of 18 years, were allowed to gather at the tavern.Reuters.

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Teens at East London tavern 'did not die of natural causes'Police Minister Bheki Cele has confirmed that the 21 young people whose bodies were found at an East London tavern did not die from natural causes.

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