Parents of dead SA tavern teens demand answers

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The parents of a group of teenagers who died in mysterious circumstances at a pub in South Africa in June say they want authorities to release the results of forensics tests by Friday.

Twenty-one people – most of them teenagers – died at Enyobeni Tavern in the Eastern Cape, with the youngest just 13 years old in an incident that shocked the nation.

A month on and parents are still waiting for answers, with police yet to establish a cause. However, alcohol and carbon monoxide poisoning have been ruled out.

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Forensics experts have said traces of methanol – commonly found in cleaning chemicals – had been found in the blood streams of all victims, but it’s not clear whether that was a contributing factor

Meanwhile the owner of the bar has been charged with selling alcohol to minors and is due to appear in court later this month.

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