It is reported that chemical poisoning was the cause of death in the Enyobeni tavern tragedy.
Sources close to the investigation told News24 that the teenagers may have died due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
“Sources close to the investigation believe the children – aged 13 to 17 – could have been killed by toxic fumes that may have emanated from a petrol generator that was suspected to have been used inside the tavern,” News24 reveals.
21 teenagers aged between 13 and 17 died in the early hours of Sunday at Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park, during end of school year (pens down) celebrations.
After finding no visible wound, the police then launched an investigation to do a post-mortem examination to find the cause of the tragedy.
Police found 17 bodies inside the tavern. It was later established that two more died at a local clinic while one died en route to the hospital, and another died in the hospital.
Nine of the deceased are female, while twelve of the deceased are male.
Autopsy results are expected to be announced later this week.