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South Africa’s 21 teens who died in tavern were suffocated, families told

South Africa’s 21 teens who died in tavern were suffocated, families told

TWENTY-ONE young people who died in a tavern tragedy in June were suffocated, five parents said, relaying to reporters what health department officials told them was the conclusion of an official probe. The youths -- the youngest of whom was a 13-year-old girl -- died in June while partying in a popular nightspot in a township outside the coastal city of East London, Eastern Cape province, and the grieving relatives had been demanding answers. The cause of the deaths of 21 young people in a South African pub is still unclear. STR/AFP via Getty Images A health department spokesperson for…
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Tavern tragedy reinforces need to give priority to tackling underage drinking in South Africa

Tavern tragedy reinforces need to give priority to tackling underage drinking in South Africa

On 26 June 2022, 21 young people died at the Enyobeni tavern in East London, in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. The incident refocused public attention on the safety of young people in the country. The direct cause of the 21 deaths has not yet been determined. But questions are being asked about why children under the age of 18 were consuming alcohol in the tavern. Authors CHARLES PARRY, Director, Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Research Unit, SAMRC, South African Medical Research Council JASON BANTJES, Chief Specialist Scientist in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit, South African Medical Research…
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SA president leads nation in mourning the 21 victims of tavern tragedy

SA president leads nation in mourning the 21 victims of tavern tragedy

SOUTH African mourners gathered in the coastal city of East London to grieve the still-mysterious deaths of 21 teenagers in a poorly ventilated local tavern 10 days ago. Dressed in black, they sang and danced to solemn gospel songs in front of the coffins of 19 of the victims, the youngest of whom was a 13-year-old girl, Thembinkosi Silwane. All were empty, the funeral parlour said, as police were still investigating the deaths - the remaining two were buried separately by their families. "Our hearts are broken. There are parents who will not get to hug or kiss their son…
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