Sep 25, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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POLL | Are parents also responsible for the deaths of youngsters in the Enyobeni tavern tragedy?

The death of at least 20 young people at the Enyobeni Tavern in the Eastern Cape over the weekend has sparked a debate over who should be blamed for the tragedy.

The tavern in Scenery Park

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The Daily Dispatch reported that initial speculation was that the guests had been exposed to some form of poison , as there were none of the corpses they could see had visible injuries.

Bodies were seen lying as if guests were suddenly about to collapse while dancing or conversing. Some were seen slumped in chairs and over tables.

When many questioned the venue’s management, Police Minister Bheki Cele suggested that parents should also take responsibility.

Er said they should be aware of their children’s whereabouts and enforce curfews.

“I live with my son who is studying in Cape Town. He came home after 11pm on Friday night and I sat him down and told him not to come home after 11pm,” Cele said.

Cele collapsed when he spoke about the deaths, and said what he had seen in the tavern was horrifying. He said authorities are investigating the tragedy.

Buffalo City Mayor Xola Pakati said the tragedy “can be equated with a massacre” and urged authorities to leave no stone unturned.

One survivor recounted how a dying victim begged her to save her life.

“One of the deceased there called for help as I rushed outside and said, ‘Sisi, please help me, I’m dying. ‘ I could see her breathing her last. She lay there and people were all over her. It was like something out of a horror movie.”

The survivor said that people had trouble getting out of the tavern when there was a stampede.

“People were having trouble closing breathing because she [the tavern staff] had sprayed something,” she claimed.

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