May 20, 2024

Enyobeni Tavern | Liquor License Investigated, 5 Unidentified bodies

Enyobeni Tavern

The Eastern Cape Liquor Board authorities are investigating the circumstances of Enyobeni tavern tragedy where 21 teenagers died in East London. They confirm that the owner was trading legally but are devastated to have come across such a situation.

Preliminary forensic assessments informed the children did not die of natural causes or a stampede as it had been widely speculated throughout. The 21 teenagers who dies were between the ages of 13 and 17 years of age, with five bodies still yet to be identified. Cele visited the scene and Pathology offices where the children are and confirmed death cause is not natural.

The area is still a crime scene, Natural Cause and stampede scrapped off the list, with national forensic experts have been deployed to assist in working and speeding results. It is alleged the children were having a pens down celebration regarding the end of exams, neigbours say it is a norm for young children to hang out at this area in question.

Liquor Board say they urge community members assist in reporting such taverns that allow underage children. Parents say they blame the owner for allowing such young children to be there while others are blaming parents for allowing their children to leave and drink.