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LIVE BLOG: Enyobeni Tavern tragedy - Cyril Ramaphosa assures victims' families action will be taken

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed mourners at the mass funeral held at Scenery Park Sports Field in East London. Picture: Sihle Mavuso

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed mourners at the mass funeral held at Scenery Park Sports Field in East London. Picture: Sihle Mavuso

Published Jul 6, 2022

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Pictures and videos by Sihle Mavuso and Henk Kruger

East London - Mourners gathered in East London on Wednesday to grieve the still-mysterious deaths of 21 teenagers in a poorly ventilated local tavern Enyobeni Tavern, 10 days ago.

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Dressed in black, they sung and danced to solemn gospel songs in front of the coffins of 19 of the victims, the youngest of whom was a 13-year-old girl.

All were empty, the funeral parlour said, as police were still investigating the deaths - the remaining two were buried separately by their families.

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WATCH: Dr Matiwane from the Eastern Cape Department of health explains to concerned mourners at the mass funeral for some of the victims of the Enyobeni Tavern tragedy how the investigation regarding the 21 deaths has been going. He ruled out a stampede and pleaded for patience from affected families, saying this investigation is critical.

Video: Sihle Mavuso

Visible grief and uncontrollable weeping were the order of the day during the mass funeral of some of the 21 victims of the Enyobeni Tavern tragedy where partying underage learners perished under unexplained circumstances.

On Wednesday, the Eastern Cape provincial government and the Buffalo City metro hosted a mass funeral at Scenery Sports Field in East London. Learners from local schools, among them Sakhimkamva and Mzokhanyako, also came to mourn.

The relatives of the deceased took the front row inside the gigantic marquee pitched for the mass funeral.

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WATCH: A mourner attending the mass funeral of some of the eNyobeni Tavern victims weeps uncontrollably as the coffins are brought in by Avbob staff members. The funeral is taking place at Scenery Park Sports Field in East London.

Video: Sihle Mavuso

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WATCH: Inside the gigantic marquee set up at Scenery Park Sports Field in East London for the mass funeral for the 21 victims of the eNyobeni Tavern victims. President Cyril Ramaphosa will attend the funeral with some of his Cabinet members.

Video: Sihle Mavuso

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The funeral for the 21 young people who died at Enyobeni Tavern in East London is taking place today.

The funeral service is expected to take place at the Scenery Park sports field in East London.

The young people are said to have collapsed and died from an unknown substance that is said to have been in the air.

The president will be joined at the funeral service by the Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane and the provincial and local government leaders in comforting the families of the deceased youth.

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