Police concerned about rumours on the cause of deaths of 21 children at a tavern

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The SAPS management in the Eastern Cape has expressed concerns about circulating rumours and media reports speculating on the cause of death in the Tavern Tragedy incident which occurred early Sunday morning 26th June 2022 in Scenery Park, East London.

Eastern Cape Police Spokesperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana said SAPS forensic investigators are still continuing with the investigation into the deaths of 21 children at Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park. “After conducting investigation in the building structure where the incident allegedly took place, and in the bodies where autopsies were conducted, all the exhibit specimen extracted were then taken to the forensic laboratory for toxicology examination”.

Kinana added that until such time that the work of the forensic laboratory is concluded, any informal and unofficial information which is not released by the South African Police Service, must be regarded as falsehood and misleading to the public and the affected deceased families.

The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nomthetheleli Mene cautioned against the spreading of fabricated stories which carries a potential to sow confusion and doubts in police investigations. Mene is urging people to refrain from making risky assumptions which do not assist their investigations.

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