The South African Police have launched an investigation into the death of 21 teenagers who died at a local tavern on a Sunday morning.
The Management of the police has ordered the deployment of maximum resources as police investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of twenty-one teenagers at a local tavern in Scenery Park, East London.
On Sunday morning at about 04:00 police from the Scenery Park Police Station received a report of the lifeless bodies of the teenagers at a local tavern in the area. Upon arrival, police found seventeen bodies inside the building. It was later established two more died at a local clinic, one died en route to the hospital and another died in the hospital.
Police say nine of the deceased are female while twelve of the deceased are male. Minister of Police General Bheki Cele, and the National Commissioner of the SAPS, General Fannie Masemola led a high-level delegation of crime scene experts and bomb disposal technicians from the National Headquarters of the Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management Component to complement and support the Eastern Cape Crime Scene Investigations teams.
The Minister of Police engaged with local residents and with parents of the deceased at the local mortuary where the process to identify the victims was underway. The Minister Cele has called on residents and affected families to allow police investigations to unfold.
“We have an experienced team that is complementing the provincial team to ensure that we get to the bottom of what has led to the death of these young people. We are also engaging other stakeholders to investigate issues of compliance with liquor legislation “, said the Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele.
We have an experienced team that is complementing the provincial team to ensure that we get to the bottom of what has led to the death of these young people. We are also engaging other stakeholders to investigate issues of compliance to liquor legislation Cele.
said Minister of Police Bheki Cele
Police have since registered an inquest into the death of the teenagers. Anyone who may have information pertaining to what could have transpired is urged to contact police.