Hours later she was among the East London residents anxiously waiting to hear if their children were among the 21 who died mysteriously at the Enyobeni tavern in Scenery Park.
Police said they received a report of the discovery of bodies of teenagers, the youngest aged 13, at 4am on Sunday.
Mgangala told The Star’s sister paper the Cape Times yesterday how she tried to stop Sinothando from going to the tavern party, but she went anyway.
“On the day of the event I tried to stop her from going as it was already late, but that was in vain. She promised me she would not be going anywhere, and even gave me a look that was convincing. Yet she went. She even demanded the money she was saving in the past month. She said she would need it and use it on the 25th.
“We are heartbroken. It is still early stages and we are just trying to cope with the matter, but it is not easy at all. This is a child we were hoping will take the family high, as she was the first from her father’s side who was about to do Grade 12. She was in Grade 11,” Mgangala said.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana said the investigation into the incident was still ongoing, with no new information available.
Authorities said 20 bodies had been identified and taken by their families, while one body was yet to be identified.
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