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President mourns deaths of Eastern Cape teenagers

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his condolences and concern at the death of 22 teenagers at a tavern in Scenery Park, East London, in the early hours of today, Sunday, 26 June 2022.
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.
The President expects the law to take its course following investigations into the tragedy.
President Ramaphosa said: “This tragedy is made even more grave by its occurrence during Youth Month – a time during which we celebrate young people, advocate and advance opportunities for improved socio-economic conditions for the youth of our nation.”
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Issued by: The Presidency