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17 underage kids dead in E Cape tavern tragedy, authorities confirm

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The Department of Community Safety in the Eastern Cape has confirmed that the 17 people killed in a tavern were all underage.

Police forensic investigators outside the tavern in the Eastern Cape where 17 underage children were found dead. Picture: Bheki Radebe/African News Agency (ANA)

THE DEPARTMENT of Community Safety in the Eastern Cape has confirmed that the 17 people killed in a tavern were all underage.

As parents and family membesr gathered outside the grisly scene at Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park on Sunday morning, to find out if their children were among the dead, it had emerged that the tavern was a popular hangout for underage patrons.

Unathi Binqose, spokesperson for the Department of Community Safety in the Eastern Cape, said the police had opened an inquest docket and was investigating.

He could not say if the tavern owner would be charged in relation to the incident.

He said that several mortuary vans were at the scene to collect the dead.

Speaking to Newzroom Afrika, Binqose said that there were several CCTV cameras located around the property which would help them piece together what happened.

The cause of the deaths were unknown early on Sunday morning but speculation was rife that the patrons were exposed to poison which resulted in a stampede.

According to reports at the scene, bodies are lying strewn across tables, chairs and on the floor; with no obvious signs of injury.

Tensions outside the tavern were high this morning as angry and desperate loved ones gathered outside to find out if their children were inside.

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