“Mr President, SA is tired, the black nation is perishing,” a family representative told President Cyril Ramaphosa as he read an obituary for one of the 21 victims of the Enyobeni tavern at Scenery Park, east London on Wednesday.
When family representatives read the obituaries, most of the teenagers who died were born in 2004. Their families heard how the dreams of young people died in the June 26 tragedy.
Some mourners could not contain their emotions and burst into tears.
The cause of death has yet to be determined.
Dr. Litha Matiwane, from the Eastern Cape The Department of Health said the investigation is ongoing, although the forensic team is confident that early evidence of a stampede could be ruled out.
He said autopsies had been performed on all of the deceased.
“They had to bring samples to Cape Town for toxicological tests to check that there were no toxins in their bodies. The department, the police and the toxicology laboratory in Cape Town are in constant communication.
“The forensic team is satisfied that the deaths as a result of an alleged stampede can be ruled out.
“Together with the police, we undertake to contact the respective families when we have the laboratory results.”
< p> Some of the victims’ clothing was also sent to the Cape Town lab for analysis, he said.
Matiwane asked for patience while the results are available.< /p>
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