The deaths of 22 young people at a bar and nightclub in the southern coastal town of East London are being investigated by police forensic teams in South Africa.
On Sunday morning, the Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park received a request for emergency assistance.
The tragedy, which happened as teenagers celebrated the end of the school year, is still under investigation by experts.
Bheki Cele, the police minister, said: “At first, we were told that this was a stampede, but by the looks of things, there was no stampede that took place.”
“I do not want to speculate on the cause of death; that’s why we brought the top forensic team so that if the cause of death was some poison, they will let us know” he added.
Siyakhangela Ndevu, the club owner, told eNCA: “I am still uncertain about what really happened, but when I was called in the morning I was told the place was too full and that some people were trying to force their way into the tavern.”
“However, we will hear what the police say about the cause of death,” he added.
DispatchLive, a regional newspaper, said their reporters saw bodies “lying bizarrely as if they collapsed to the floor suddenly while dancing or in the middle of a conversation, some seemingly in the social circles they were engaging with other bodies are slumped across chairs and lying over tables”.
President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed concern over the conditions under which young people, possibly those under the age of 18, were permitted to meet at the pub.
According to Ramaphosa, after the investigations are over, the law must be allowed to run its course.
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