Talking about underage drinking, a neighbour to the Enyobeni tavern, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: “This area is known for substance abuse. They mix all sorts of things when they drink. Everybody knows it.”
At a prayer gathering with city officials and families of the deceased, Afika Siziba, a district manager from the social development department, admitted her department has limited resources to handle issues in the communities it serves.
“If we bury 13-year-olds because they were in taverns, South Africa must wake up. We must face the truth,” Siziba said.
Buffalo City mayor Xola Pakati also attended the meeting.
A joint funeral, paid for by the government, will take place at the Scenery Park sports grounds on June 6.