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Enyobeni latest: Families to receive report on cause of death

The South African logo The South African 2022/08/04 Nokwanda Ncwane

The Eastern Cape provincial government has reportedly confirmed that the families of the 21 teenagers who died at Enyobeni Tavern in East London in June will be the first to know the results of what led to the deaths of their loved ones. 

Earlier on Thursday, the Eastern Cape provincial government confirmed that the results have been received, however, the families will first be informed and then the results made public. In July, the provincial government ruled out that the 21 young people were killed due to a stampede. Over-consumption of alcohol and speculation of carbon monoxide were also ruled out. 


The National Department of Health, Eastern Cape provincial government as well as the Police Ministry recently held a briefing to provide an update on the preliminary investigations into the death of the 21 teenagers.

Dr Litha Matiwane from the Department of Health said blood and gastric samples were taken from all 21 individuals who died at Enyobeni tavern for a toxicology analysis. The post-mortem was conducted in the Western Cape.

The analysis looked at blood alcohol levels, carbon monoxide levels and qualitative methanol levels of those who died at Enyobeni tavern and found that the blood alcohol levels ranged from 0.05 grams to 0.26 grams per 100ml. This means the individuals did not die from excessive alcohol consumption.

Matiwane revealed that methanol was found in the blood of the victims and said it is too early to speculate how the 21 teenagers consumed it at Enyobeni.

Methanol is an industrial toxic alcohol. It is used as a solvent, pesticide and alternative fuel source. It also occurs naturally in humans, animals and plants.


As previously reported, were arrested for allegedly stealing belongings such as weaves, cellphones and shoes belonging to the 21 teenagers who died and were dying in the tavern tragedy.  

Eastern Cape police spokesperson, Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana said police arrested four people aged between 16 and 21 who are believed to have stolen from the deceased.

Three of the four accused who appeared in court. Image via Twitter/@Ziyanda_ZZ © Provided by The South African Three of the four accused who appeared in court. Image via Twitter/@Ziyanda_ZZ

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