Enyobeni tavern tragedy: Mass funeral to be held for victims

Enyobeni tavern tragedy: Mass funeral to be held for victims

A mass funeral service for the 21 teenagers who died in the Enyobeni tavern in East London will be held next week Wednesday. 

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This was confirmed by the Eastern Cape provincial government, who concluded funeral arrangements with the victims’ families. 

Provincial spokesperson Khuselwa Rantjie says thereafter the families will be assisted with the transportation of the remains to respective burial sites of their choice. 

"The Eastern Cape provincial government wishes to reassure the bereaved families and the rest of South Africa that autopsies have been performed on the 21 deceased young people and samples have been sent to a lab in the Western Cape for investigation."

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"The report will be shared with the affected families as soon as investigations have been concluded." 

Meanwhile, police management in the Eastern Cape says any reports on the cause of the tavern deaths has not been issued out. 

This after News24 quoted sources close to the investigation as saying the youngsters inhaled toxic fumes at Enyobeni tavern, believed to have emanated from a petrol generator. 

SAPS says forensic samples taken both from the bodies of the teenagers and from the tavern are still being processed in laboratories.


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