22 young people dead in South African nightclub — Analysis

A nightclub in East London, South Africa was the scene of at least 22 deaths on Sunday. There are no signs of injuries on the bodies and the cause of death is unknown.

In the wee hours of Sunday morning emergency workers arrived at the Enyobeni Tavern to discover bodies. “lying strewn across tables, chairs and on the floor; with no obvious signs of injury,”The Daily Dispatch is a South African news portal.

Reporters from the newspaper were informed by 22 victims of the tragedy. The newspaper speculates that there were no injuries or visible wounds. It is possible the victims may have been exposed to toxic substances, or they were killed by a stampede.

News24 however, was informed by Bheki cele, Minister of Police. “by the looks of things, there was no stampede.”According to a local resident, the South African news channel reported that “it was definitely not a stampede. Some bodies were still in their chairs while others were found lying on the floor.”

“We are going to immediately be embarking on autopsies so we can know the probable cause of death,”A spokesperson from the Eastern Cape Department of Health spoke to Reuters. 

The police told reporters that the victims were between 18 and 20, according to reports. The Associated Press reports that they were celebrating the completion of their school exams. 

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa called the dead “teenagers.”Ramaphosa posted the following tweet: expressedhis “deepest condolences”Families of the deceased, making a comment that they are grateful for the “tragedy is made even more grave by its occurrence during Youth Month – a time during which we celebrate young people.”

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