An inconsolable mother passed out when the 19 coffins that were to be used for the mass funeral service arrived at Scenery Park Sports Field. The memorial ceremony was held on June 26 in East London, Eastern Cape, in commemoration of the 21 youths who passed away at Enyobeni Tavern on June 26, from a reason that has not yet been determined.
One of the victims was Siyolise Mahlakahlaka's daughter, Sandanathi Mahlakahlaka, who was 18 years old. Her mother is heartbroken.
Two of the victims have already been laid to rest, and it is anticipated that the remaining two will be laid to rest today, on July 6th.
Between Friday and Sunday, private memorial services will be held for those who attended the funeral.
After the mass funeral, 19 empty coffins will be taken back to the mortuary to collect the remains of their loved ones and transport them to burial sites of their choice. This service is being provided by AVBOB for free to all victims. Area manager Abongile Feni said: "After the mass funeral, 19 empty coffins will be taken back to the mortuary."
Feni stated that following the procedures, two funerals would take held today, July 6th, in the communities of Mount Coke and Haven Hills.
Khuselwa Rantjie, a spokesman for the provincial administration, made the following statement: "The government, together with its partners, will continue to give psychosocial support to the grieving families and the greater community." This will include holding community debriefing meetings to help everyone deal with the emotional fallout of the unfortunate occurrence.
At a pens down party, the victims, who ranged in age from 13 to 22, were found dead under unexplained circumstances. A postmortem examination was carried out, and samples have been collected for further examination at a laboratory.
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