Generator fumes ‘highly unlikely’ to have caused tavern deaths

2022-06-29 03:11:00 PM

Eastern Cape provincial health official pledge to update families of the 21 victims once results of toxicology tests are completed

Eastern Cape provincial health official pledge to update families of the 21 victims once results of toxicology tests are completed

Eastern Cape provincial health official pledge to update families of the 21 victims once results of toxicology tests are completed

Sithandiwe VelaphiEnyobeni Tavern, where 21 East London children lost their lives. Picture: MICHAEL PINYANAThe results of autopsies on the 21 victims at the Enyobeni tavern in Scenery Park, East London, are likely to be announced before a mass funeral for the youths on Wednesday next week.

A senior official in the Eastern Cape department of health’s forensic pathology services said: “It is highly unlikely the cause of death was fumes from a generator. However, we are waiting for toxicology results.”eNCA reported on Wednesday morning that the cause of the deaths was possibly chemical poisoning.

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Picture: MICHAEL PINYANA The results of autopsies on the 21 victims at the Enyobeni tavern in Scenery Park, East London, are likely to be announced before a mass funeral for the youths on Wednesday next week. A senior official in the Eastern Cape department of health’s forensic pathology services said: “It is highly unlikely the cause of death was fumes from a generator. But he suggested that a gaseous substance was released in the enclosed downstairs area – “this is where the pandemonium started” – and that people who were closer to the release epicentre were most affected. However, we are waiting for toxicology results. Zondi said videos he had seen gave no indication of a teargas canister explosion, but people could be seen complaining of respiratory symptoms.” eNCA reported on Wednesday morning that the cause of the deaths was possibly chemical poisoning. During the post-mortem examinations on the deceased, Zondo said he was cautious not to inhale any odour emanating from any of the bodies. “The postmortems have not been concluded.

We will give a public account the moment the results come out. “I was becoming dizzy and had to stop for a while,” he told the Mail & Guardian . “I was becoming dizzy and had to stop for a while,” he told the Mail & Guardian . We have to tell the public what really led to the deaths of these 21 young lives,” said Unathi Binqose, a spokesperson for the Eastern Cape community safety . “Families will be told what happened as soon as we have all the results of samples taken from the bodies.” Zondi spoke at the Woodbrook, East London, mortuary and pathology facility where the bodies of the deceased were taken after Sunday’s horror incident. Our plea is for the media and the public to give the experts space to do their work. He said it would be a few weeks before a final determination was made on the cause of death.” Provincial police spokesperson Brig Thembinkosi Kinana said investigations into the incident were continuing. The toxicology testing processes in the government laboratory in Cape Town – which could determine what substance was implicated in the deaths – would take at least a week or two.

“No new information is available at this stage and no arrests have been made. A statement will be released once there is a development,” Kinana said. The pathology unit was alerted early on Sunday morning to the tragedy which had played itself out on the two floors of the tavern, stuck in an awkward corner of a densely populated part of Scenery Park. The pathology unit was alerted early on Sunday morning to the tragedy which had played itself out on the two floors of the tavern, stuck in an awkward corner of a densely populated part of Scenery Park. TimesLIVE .