Home WORLD AFRICA 21 young people mysteriously die in a makeshift bar in South Africa

21 young people mysteriously die in a makeshift bar in South Africa


Four other young people who were in this establishment then died in hospital, according to local authorities. The total death toll is 21.

A crowd of people, including parents whose children are missing, gathered outside the bar in a residential area as mortuary vehicles took away the victims, according to a reporter from theAFP.

Senior government officials quickly rushed to the scene, including National Police Minister Bheki Cele, who broke down in tears as he walked out of the morgue where the bodies were deposited.

It’s a terrible scene to watch. They are quite young. When you’re told they’re 13, 14 and you’re going [à la morgue] and you see them. It breaks your heart. »

A quote from Bheki Cele, Minister of National Police

The victims are 13 boys and 8 girls.

Near the morgue, a couple who lost their 17-year-old son confess their distress.

Our son was there, he died there. This child, we didn’t think he was going to die this way, he was a humble, respectful childsays her mother, Ntombizonke Mgangala, next to her husband.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is in Germany to attend the G7 summit, offered his condolences to the bereaved families. He said he was concerned about the circumstances in which these young people gathered in a place which, on the face of it, should not have been accessible to minors.

It’s unbelievable, it’s incomprehensible, losing 20 young people like thisreleased in shock the head of government of the Eastern Cape province, Oscar Mabuyane, who came in the morning to the scene of the tragedy, a simple building surrounded by individual houses.

Empty liquor bottles, wigs, and even a pastel purple ribbon that says Happy Birthday littered the dusty street outside the two-story Enyobeni Tavern, according to Unathi Binqose, a government security official who arrived at the scene at dawn.

Several parents whose children have been away overnight are trying to find out if they are among the victims.

Photo: Reuters

mysterious circumstances

The victims were discovered in the early hours of the day in a makeshift bar in Scenery Park township, East London.

We continue to investigate the circumstances of these deaths.was content to assert to theAFP a provincial police spokesman, General Thembinkosi Kinana, without venturing to speculate on the causes of their deaths.

A provincial health services official, Unathi Binqose, ruled out the possibility of a stampede or crowd movement.

The victims, he said, were likely students celebrating the end of exams and the school year.

According to the local newspaper DispatchLive, the bodies are scattered, across tables, on chairs and on the floorwithout no apparent signs of injury.

On social networks, some mentioned the possibility of gas poisoning or collective poisoning. Unauthenticated footage showed bodies lying on the ground, with no signs of injury.

The curious quickly gathered in large numbers on the scene.

Photo: Reuters

Local television broadcast looped images of the crowds of families and onlookers gathered around this bar in East London, a city of one million people on the Indian Ocean, some 700 km south of Johannesburg.

Many makeshift drinking establishments – dubbed shebeens Where taverns – are authorized or tolerated in the townships of large South African cities, these disadvantaged neighborhoods reserved for non-whites during apartheid. The regulations on the legal age for the consumption of alcohol are not always applied.

Authorities are now considering overhauling liquor licensing regulations in a country that is among the continent’s biggest alcohol consumers.

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