Crime

'It's a dreadful scene,' says one witness, 'at least 21 youths perish in a pub mystery'

By FactsWow Team

Posted on: 28 Jun, 2022

Introduction

Many are suspected to have been teenagers celebrating the conclusion of their high school exams on Saturday night, according to provincial officials.

The corpses were free of obvious wounds

The corpses were free of obvious wounds. Officials have ruled out a stampede as a likely reason, and examinations will be performed to establish whether the deaths were caused by poisoning.

Crowds of people gathered on Sunday

Crowds of people gathered on Sunday outside the bar where the tragedy occurred in the city of East London, including parents whose children were missing, while mortuary cars removed the dead, according to an AFP journalist.

Senior government officials raced to the city's southern outskirts

Senior government officials raced to the city's southern outskirts. They included national Police Minister Bheki Cele, who sobbed as he emerged from a mortuary where the remains were being held.

He told reporters

'It's a dreadful scene,' he told reporters. 'They're rather young. When you are told they are 13 or 14 years old and you go there and see them. It breaks.'

The provincial government of Eastern Cape’s statement

The Eastern Cape provincial administration said that eight girls and thirteen boys had perished. Inside the bar, seventeen people were discovered dead. The others perished in the hospital.

Drinking is permitted for people over 18 years old in township taverns

Drinking is authorized for those over the age of 18 at township taverns, sometimes known as shebeens, which are frequently located next to family houses or, in some cases, inside the homes themselves.

Grieving mother Ntombizonke Mgangala said

'We had no idea this youngster would die in this manner. This was a humble, polite youngster 'Ntombizonke Mgangala, a mourning mother, was standing outside the mortuary with her husband.

President Cyril Ramaphosa sent condolences

A 17-year-old girl known as Lolly told Reuters that the bar was popular among teens.  President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is in Germany for the G-7 conference, extended his sympathies.

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