In the ongoing investigation into the deaths of a large group of people at the Enyobeni tavern in East London, police initially believed victims to be between 18 and 20 years old. But according to the latest reports, the youngest victim appears to be 13 years old.
As reported by News24, at about 4am on Sunday morning, the Scenery Park police station received reports of “lifeless bodies”, national police spokesperson Athlenda Mathe said.
Police Minister Bheki Cele addressed families outside the Brookwood Mortuary, where the deceased were transported to for identification. He said “minors between 13 and 17 died at the Scenery Park tavern.
Cele reportedly cried when he saw the children’s bodies at the mortuary.
“The scene I have seen inside, it doesn’t matter what kind of a heart you have, you will be [sad]. Firstly, the sight of those bodies sleeping there but when you look at their faces you realise that you’re dealing with kids. You’ve heard the story that they are young but when you see them you realise that it’s a disaster.”
Twelve boys and nine girls have now been confirmed dead at Enyobeni Tavern, raising the number of deceased to 21.
Police are still investigating the cause of the incident.