Mayor to cover funeral costs of teen killed in tavern stampede

2015-07-10 18:37
Residents stand outside the tavern where eight young women were killed after the staircase collapsed. Picture: Lindile Mbontsi/Daily Sun

Residents stand outside the tavern where eight young women were killed after the staircase collapsed. Picture: Lindile Mbontsi/Daily Sun

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Cape Town - The City of Cape Town will assist with the funeral costs of one of the teens killed in a stampede at a Khayelitsha tavern two weeks ago.

Asisipho Dana, 17, died at Osi’s Place in the early hours of Sunday, June 28, when patrons apparently charged out of the pub after shots were fired inside the tavern.

Six people, aged between 15 and 23, died in the stampede, while two more were killed when the vehicle they were transported in crashed on the way to hospital.

Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson said in a statement that the Dana family approached the City for assistance, which would be provided from the Mayor's Relief Fund.

“Policy guidelines for burial assistance states that the mayor can disburse a donation towards the funerals of children up to the age of 18 from families who are in need. The policy further states that donations can only be made to funerals which take place within the municipal boundaries,” he said.

“Asisipho was the only victim to meet all the criteria, which has enabled the Mayor’s Office to assist her family.

“She was 17 years old and a matric learner at Usasazo High School. She was one of the top 10 students in her grade and had dreams of one day working in tourism. Her mother is unemployed and had a stroke in December.”

Dana will be buried in Khayelitsha on Saturday.

“We cannot let their deaths be in vain. I would like to make an appeal to all parents to learn from this very hard and harsh lesson. We need to look after children, which includes knowing where they are at all times,” Neilson said. 

Tavern owner Phumlani Abraham on Thursday consented to the interim suspension of his liquor licence pending the finalisation of a full hearing before the liquor authority tribunal.

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