DPP to subpoena witnesses in upcoming Enyobeni Tavern inquest

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Police in the Eastern Cape have confirmed that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is preparing subpoenas for all witnesses to attend an inquest into the death of 21 young people at the Enyobeni Tavern.

The hearing will start on the 30th of August in the East London Regional Court.

The announcement comes after angry family members of the victims of the tragedy went to the provincial Health Department’s forensic laboratory in East London yesterday to request post-mortem results following the deaths of 21 young people in June last year.

Police Spokesperson, Tembinkosi Kinana, says the post-mortem results are with the National Prosecuting Authority.

“The affected parents in the case have been given feedback in this regard and have been informed that the case, including other details relating to the post-mortem results are only subject of the discussion in court to avoid jeopardising and compromising the evidence which is yet to be presented before the court of law. The SAPS management has further committed to visit individual families to provide the necessary updates on the case. The SAPS continues to work with the office of the DPP in ensuring that all the necessary investigative and legal issues are finalised before the set court date.”

Parents still without autopsy report 

Families of the Enyobeni tragedy have expressed disappointment at government authorities for dragging their feet to furnish them with the autopsy report regarding the death of their children.

Meanwhile, Eastern Cape Department of health spokesperson, Yonela Dekeda says the forensic report is with the  South African Police Service.

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