More than 20 young men were found dead at a nightclub in South Africa early Sunday, authorities said. Local health officials said police were investigating after at least 22 bodies were discovered inside a popular township tavern near the city of East London.
The victims were between 18 and 20 years old. The bodies were found suspicious. The bodies were found lying as if they were as busy as they were in dancing and singing. Many people mourned the news of the tragic death of the 22 youth.
South African police investigate nightclub deaths – BBC
21 people found dead in South African nightclub – The Guardian
21 Dead In South African Nightclub, Probe On – NDTV
South African police investigating at least 21 deaths at East London tavern – The New York Post
21 killed in East London nightclub – Sowetan Live
It is believed that all those poisoned at the nightclub in Scenery Park were killed. However, this issue is currently being investigated. The investigation report has not yet been published. It is being examined by experts whether the youths were actually poisoned.
Everyone in the country mourned the victims. Authorities said the cause of their deaths was being seriously ascertained. We haven’t received any video clips about his death so far. Feature images are provided only for attention. However, if an official video is published in this regard, we will be updated here.
Buzz about the party had been building all week. End-of-semester exams were finishing at high schools in East London, a coastal city in South Africa, and everyone was ready to cut loose. So when a local nightclub announced a birthday party for two popular DJs, the timing felt perfect to Kamvelihle Matafeni and her friends.
Dressed in her favorite skinny jeans and a white crop top, the 18-year-old arrived late Saturday night at the Enyobeni Tavern in the suburb of Scenery Park. A few days earlier, South Africa had lifted its mask mandate, marking a symbolic end to the coronavirus pandemic that has gripped this country for more than two years. Inside Enyobeni, with its sticky floors and flashing lights, the mood was raucous and joyful.
Then, in the early morning, Matafeni said she saw something lobbed through the door and into the crowd. People around her began to scream. “I can’t breathe,” she heard them yell. “I’m choking.” She pushed toward the door, struggling for air. “People were falling around me,” she said. “They were dying right in front of my eyes.”
Matafeni got out, but at least 21 teenagers died inside the club, according to police, setting off grief and confusion across the country. The police minister, Bheki Cele, broke down sobbing in front of an East London mortuary as he addressed media there Sunday morning.
“You have heard the story that they are young, but when you see them, you realize that is a disaster,” he told a local news station Sunday. “When you look at their faces, you realize that we are dealing with kids. The youngest victim, he said, was 13.
South Africa’s official drinking age is 18 but is often not enforced.