Jan 31, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Enyobeni tavern toxicology results awaited, but generator fumes ‘highly unlikely’ as cause of deaths

The results of autopsies to determine the cause of death of 21 young people at the Enyobeni tavern in Scenery Park are likely to be released ahead of their mass burial on Wednesday next week.

A senior official in the Health Ministry’s Forensic Pathology Service of Eastern Cape said: “It is highly unlikely that the cause of death was fumes from a generator. However, we are awaiting toxicology results.”

Another senior official said media reports identifying generator fumes as the cause of death were “completely false”.

eNCA reported Wednesday morning that the cause of death was likely chemical poisoning and the generator was ruled out as being responsible for the tragedy.

Provincial Municipality Safety Spokesman Unathi Binqose said: “The autopsy is ongoing. We will be publicly accountable as soon as the results are in. We must tell the public what really led to the deaths of these 21 young people.

“It will remain no secret. The families will be informed of what happened once we have all the results of the samples taken from the bodies. We encourage the media and public to give the experts space to do their work.”

Brig Thembinkosi Kinana, spokesman for the provincial police, said the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

“No new information is available at this stage and no arrests have been made. A statement will be released as soon as there is any development.”


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