Updated: South Africa tavern death toll rises to 21

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THE number of children who died in an East London tavern this Sunday morning has risen to 21.

South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa has sent his condolences and expressed concern over the death of the teenagers.

While the President awaits more information on the incident, his thoughts are with the families who have lost children as well as families who are awaiting confirmation of how their children may have been affected.

The President is, however, also concerned about the reported circumstances under which such young people were gathered at a venue which, on the face of it, should be off-limits to persons under the age of 18.

In a statement the SA President said, “This tragedy is made even graver by its occurrence during Youth Month- a time where we celebrate young people, advocate and advance opportunities for improved socio-economic conditions for the youth of our nation.”

SA Police Minister Bheki Cele has since visited the scene, together with a forensic team, to investigate the cause of death, and what led to the incident.

The president expects the law to take its course following investigations into the tragedy.

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