At least 22 dead at a nightclub in South Africa

 Monday, June 27, 2022 

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At least 22 people were found dead at a nightclub in East London, South Africa, early Sunday morning, though their cause of death remains unknown, according to the report. The bodies of the deceased, found draped across tables and chairs at the club, did not bear marks of any visible injuries, local media reported.

They are going to conduct autopsies as soon as possible to establish the probable cause of death,” Siyanda Manana, a health department spokesperson told to the news media.

The deceased were reportedly young people who were at the club celebrating the end of school exams. They are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident,” Thembinkosi Kinana, a police spokesperson, said.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed his condolences via social media on Sunday, writing that he was “deeply saddened” to hear of the deaths in South Africa and Oslo, Norway.

The National police minister Bheki Cele told reporters that some of the victims were as young as 13 years old. The samples from the bodies will collected and taken to toxicology labs in Cape Town for advanced analysis as part of the investigation, Cele added.

What they’re saying: “My deepest condolences go to the families of the 22 teenagers who lost their lives at a tavern in Scenery Park, East London, in the early hours of this morning,” South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa tweeted.

He also added that this tragedy is made even more grave by its occurrence during Youth Month — a time during which we celebrate young people, advocate and advance opportunities for improved socio-economic conditions for the youth of our nation.

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