NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! At least 21 minors between the ages of 13 and 17 died on Sunday morningin South Africa'scoastal city of East London, celebrating the end of the tavern exam, police said.
The cause of death was not immediately known. According to The Sunday Times, local media initially reported that stampede could have occurred in a crowded tavern, but police later ruled it out because none of the victims were visibly injured. ..
Nine of the victims are women and twelve are men. Police found 17 dead bodies when they arrived at the tavern, two died in a local clinic, one died in a hospital, and one headed to the hospital. I died on the way.
Forensic personnel, 2022 6 The death of a patron found at Enjobeni Tavern in Scenery Park, a suburb of East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa, on June 26. (REUTERS / Stringer)
Owner Siyakhangela Ngevu told eNCA that he was called by security guards because of "confusion" in the tavern. ..
According to the translation of the interview, he told a South African television station. .. "I sympathize with those who lost their loved ones. This was not my intention. Calm down and leave it to the police to take over from there."
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Posted on social mediaTheimages and videos shown showed a crowd of spectators distraught outside the tavern on Sunday.
People are behind the police cordon Standing at a nightclub in East London, South Africa, Sunday, June 26, 2022. (AP photo)
Police Secretary Beki Celle said the investigators were investigating "the issue of compliance with the liquor law." "
" We have an experienced team that complements the state team to ensure that we reach the roots of what led to the deaths of these young people, "Sele said in a statement. Said.
South Africa's legal drinking age is 18 years old.
June 26, 2022, South Africa Investigated by forensic personnel after the death of a patron found at the Enobeni tavern in Scenery Park, a suburb of East London, Eastern Cape. (REUTERS / Stringer )
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South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa's office also expressed condolences to his family, saying the investigation would reveal what had happened.
"But the president is concerned about the reported situation in which such young people gathered in places that seemingly should be off limits to people under the age of 18. "." Ramaphosa said in a statement.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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