AT least 21 young people have been killed in a suspected mass poisoning at a nightclub after bodies were found “strewn across tables and chairs”.
The Enyobeni Tavern was the location where bodies were discovered early on Sunday morning, and multiple persons are said to have had injuries there.
According to a top safety official, the first count of victims was 17, but it has subsequently been updated to reflect that there are now 21 people dead.
The cause of the deaths is unknown at this time but there has been speculation that the patrons were either exposed to some form of poison or an incident resulted in a large number being injured and killed in a stampede.
A spokesperson for the police department told the Newzroom Africa news channel that an inquiry is being conducted into the events leading up to the tragedy at this very now.
According to the statement made by Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana, “We do not wish to make any guesses at this stage.”
A significant number of people who work in emergency services have arrived at the location in the province of Eastern Cape.
According to the reports, the relatives of the victims have not been able to view their bodies, and residents of the area have demanded that the venue be shut down.
According to the Eastern Cape Police Commissioner Nomthetheleli Lilian Mene, who was interviewed by SABC News, “there was an alleged stampede inside the tavern.”
According to reports from SABC, there have been four persons transported to a hospital.
The majority of individuals found dead were young adults between the ages of 18 and 20, according to the Brigadier General Kinana’s statement to the reporters.
According to statements made to the newspaper Daily Dispatch by witnesses who were present at the scene, bodies could be seen lying around within the venue as though they had fallen down.
According to News24, a representative for the health department in Eastern Cape stated that the deceased were transported to a number of different mortuaries in the area.
In addition, Siyanda Manana stated, “We are going to conduct autopsy as quickly as possible in order to determine the most likely cause of death.”