- The suspects who allegedly robbed the 21 young victims of the Enyobeni tavern tragedy will appear in court
- They face charges of theft, possession of suspected stolen property and defeating the ends of justice
- Items such as shoes, weaves and clothes were stolen from the victims, and the suspects are aged between 16 and 21
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EAST LONDON - Four suspects who allegedly stripped the Enyobeni tavern victims of their belongings while they lay dead are expected to appear in the East London Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 25 July. The suspects were arrested last week and are aged between 16 and 21 years old.
Last month, 21 teenagers died in the tavern, and the suspects were arrested during investigations. Items such as shoes, weaves, clothes and a watch were recovered, according to SABC News.
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The suspects face charges of theft, possession of suspected stolen property and defeating the ends of justice.
Allegedly none of the victims had cellphones with them. Sources close to the case told News24 that the missing cellphones negatively affected the police investigations.
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In addition, authorities were allegedly hampered by the lack of information about the victims’ final moments. An investigating team is still searching for more suspects in connection with the thefts.
The theft has left social media users highly disturbed:
“Can South Africans possibly stoop any lower?”
“A compassionate lot, South Africans, robbing the dead.”
“And it’s kids man, kids doing this to kids. We need an intervention stat re the moral fibre of our country.”
“Flippin disgusting. Some in society have degenerated to such low levels they are not worthy of being called human. That’s pure evil at work.”
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In a related matter, Briefly News also reported the Eastern Cape government and the Minister of Police Bheki Cele held a media briefing on Tuesday, 19 July, to inform the nation about the cause of death of the 21 teenagers who died under suspicious circumstances.
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Source: Briefly News