Four arrested for stealing victims’ weaves, cellphones and shoes

Four people have been arrested for allegedly stealing belongings such as weaves, cellphones and shoes belonging to the 21 teenagers who died and were dying at Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park, East London on 26 June 2022. 

This week, the Eastern Cape provincial government ruled out that the 21 young people who died at Enyobeni Tavern last month were killed due to a stampede. Over-consumption of alcohol and speculation of carbon monoxide were also ruled out. 


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.

“The suspects are alleged to have been involved in theft of the deceased’s belongings from Enyobeni tavern in Scenery Park. The arrests are a sequel to the investigation which started immediately after the reported deaths of 21 children,” said Kinana. 

The 21 children who died at Enyobeni tavern were laid to rest during a mass funeral on Wednesday. Photo: Twitter/@PresidencyZA

Kinana said detectives followed up on information which prompted the arrest of suspects.

Three suspects were arrested on Thursday, and a 16-year-old on Friday – all at their homes in Scenery Park.

The 16-year-old was released into the custody of his parents in terms of the Child Justice Act, which stipulates that an child may not be detained in police cells.


The National Department of Health, Eastern Cape provincial government as well as the Police Ministry 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.

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