Tavern deaths of 21 children – 4 Arrested for looting deceased’s belongings

South African Police Service

Tavern deaths of 21 children – 4 Arrested for looting deceased’s belongings
Tavern deaths of 21 children - 4 Arrested for looting deceased's belongings

Investigation process into Enyobeni incident which took place in the early morning of Sunday, 26 June 2022 led to the arrest of four (4) male suspects aged between 16 and 21. The suspects are alleged to have been involved in theft of the deceased belongings from Enyobeni Tavern, in Scenery Park.

The arrests are a sequel to the investigation which started immediately after the reported deaths of 21 children in the Tavern.

The cause of deaths is yet to be established after the final results are made available from forensic laboratory.

As part of the ongoing investigation by crime intelligence, SAPS detectives followed up on information which prompted the arrest of suspects believed to have been involved in stealing from the deceased lifeless bodies.

Three of the suspects were arrested on Thursday, 21 July 2022 whilst one, a 16-year-old minor was arrested on Friday, 22 July 2022 from their homes in Scenery Park. The 16 year old has been handed over in the custody of his parents in terms of the Child Justice Act which stipulates that an underage child may not be detained in the police cells.

The Stolen and recovered items included shoes, weaves, clothes and a watch belonging to some of the children who died during the incident.

Some of the stolen items have been positively identified by families whilst others are yet to be identified. They were recovered in the homes of the suspects. Cases of Theft, Possession of suspected stolen property, defeating the ends of Justice have been registered for a further investigation.

The arrested suspects are not linked to the death of 21 children, as there is no evidence to suggest their involvement at this stage.

The investigation into establishing the cause of death is still underway. At the right time, the affected families will be informed.

All four suspects are expected to appear in the East London Magistrate Court on Monday, 25 July 2022.

SAPS Newsroom

SOURCESouth African Police Service