A horrific scene took place inside of a South African nightclub on Sunday. At least 21 people were reportedly found dead inside, which majority of the victims ranging in ages 13 years to 20 years old.
The Associated Press reported dead bodies were strewn across chairs and tables at Enyobeni Tavern in East London, a coastal South African town. The victims were at the club to celebrate the end of their winter school exams, and there were no signs of outward injuries, the outlet reported.
One girl who allegedly attended the party told Al Jazeera that she snuck out of her parents’ house once they fell asleep in order to go to the nightclub. Once there, she claimed the tavern became overcrowded, and security guards asked patrons to leave.
When people did not leave, she says guards started to spray an unknown substance into the crowd. “The man at the door, I think he was a bouncer, he closed the door and we couldn’t breathe. We suffocated for a long time and [were] pushing each other but there was no use because some people were dying,” the young woman told Al Jazeera.
At least 20 people found mysteriously dead at a nightclub in South Africa. The cause of death is still unknown, local police stated.
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“It smelled like gas. I’m not sure if it was tear gas or pepper spray. Then some people died and I also fell asleep for three hours. Then when they woke us up, they also thought I was dead,” she continued. The young woman was reportedly unable to stand after she woke up.
Authorities arrived around 4:00 a.m. after receiving a series of frantic phone calls from people at the tavern, Al Jazeera reported.
“At this point we cannot confirm the cause of death. We are going to conduct autopsies as soon as possible to establish the probable cause of death,” Health Department spokesperson Siyanda Manana said, according to The AP.
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