At least 22 young men have been found dead in a nightclub near East London, South Africa. The dead are said to be between the ages of 13 and 17, and the cause of death is currently unknown.
It was a senior police minister who said on Sunday that the young men found dead were between 13 and 17 years old.
According to the island Police Minister Becky Seely is said to have burst into tears when he spoke to local media, after emerging from the morgue.
– It’s a cruel sight. They are very young. When you are told they are between 13 and 14 years old, you walk in and meet them. It is overwhelming.
The young men were found dead in a nightclub near East London in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.
No signs of physical injury
The bodies were found lying on tables and chairs and on the floor, with no visible signs of damage, writes local media house Dispatch Live. According to the island.
The cause of death is still unknown, but there has been more speculation. According to local media Times LiveIt was first reported that people were run over to death. However, Unathi Binqose, a representative of the Eastern Cape Department of Social Affairs and Security, ruled this out as a possible cause of death.
– It is hard to believe that this could be the cause, since there is no obvious harm to the dead.
He said this outside a nightclub, Al Jazeera writes. Here I also tell that young people have gathered to celebrate the exam. According to Times Live The local Daily Dispatch also reported that poisoning could be a possible cause of death.
Siyanda Manana, a spokeswoman for the Eastern Cape Health Authority, said an autopsy will be conducted immediately to confirm the cause of death. Al Jazeera Reports.
President with criticism
President Cyril Ramaphosa offered his condolences to the families affected by the accident.
He also expressed concern that children were allowed to gather in nightclubsAl Jazeera reports.
A 17-year-old girl who lives near a nightclub According to the island He said the nightclub used to be a popular spot for teens, but now locals want the club closed.
– Everyone wants to close it because they sell alcohol to minors. She says everyone is angry and everyone is sad because of what happened.
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