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South African President attending a funeral for 21 teenagers

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Mogomotsi Magome

South Africa's East London (AP) — South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa will attend a funeral in East London on Wednesday. A mysterious tragedy at an izakaya almost two weeks ago.

A large tent was built for this service. The tent will be attended by hundreds of mourning families and residents of the Scenery Park Township in East London.

"We expect them (communities) to be there. Ondera Socomani, regional chairman of the Youth Alliance of the African National Congress, the ruling party of South Africa, said they were in mourning. I'm hoping to submit to. "

"There is a deep-seated frustration about how to carry out problems in scenery parks," said Sokomani, a problem of underage drinking, substance abuse, crime, and government failure. Mentioned. Providing basic services to poor residential areas.

The cause of the death of a young man between the ages of 13 and 17 whose body was found in the Enjobeni tavern is still unknown. In South Africa, everyone was under the legal drinking age of 18. Pathologists are studying the cause of death from blood samples. Stampede was excluded because the victim's body was not seriously injured, police said.

Around the devastated tavern, there is a calm atmosphere with wreaths and inhabitants with flowers. Authorities closed the bar when asked how many underage teenagers had gathered at a facility selling alcohol after midnight on June 26th.

Community members say there is a well-known problem Underage drinking.

The stink of alcohol remains in the club, and the floor is littered with broken beer, cider, and bottles of wine. Police have completed the investigation at the bar, so it is no longer blocked as a crime scene, and guards could easily see the site for journalists.

Handbags, sneakers, and hair weaves are also scattered on the floor, indicating a deadly night mess.

Ramaphosa is on the service in a number of challenges, including an extension of South Africa's power outages, widespread allegations of corruption, and questions about the large amount of cash allegedly hidden in the furniture of the president's game farm. Will join.

In addition to the speeches by Cyril Ramaphosa, the funeral includes hymns by the local choir and speeches by religious and community leaders.

After worship, the family bury the bodies of teenagers in various graveyards around them.