At least 22 young partygoers die in possible ‘stampede’ at South African nightclub

At least 22 young adults, many between the ages of 18 and 20, were found dead at a South African nightclub early Sunday in what authorities described as a possible “stamp”.

Police and medical services in East London, South Africa, were called to the Enyobeni Tavern nightclub around 4am on Sunday after reports of dead guests, police told local broadcaster SABC. When they arrived they found the bodies of men and women lying around the club.

“Reports for the time being suggest there has been an alleged stampede,” Eastern Cape Police Commissioner Nomthetheleli Mene told SABC.

A Health Department spokesman said officials were working to determine the cause of death, according to the Associated Press, but the club’s owner admitted he was forced to close his doors due to a stampede of people.

“I’m still not sure what really happened but when I got a call in the morning I was told the place was too full and that some people were trying to gain entry to the tavern,” said Siyakhangela Ndevu, Owner of the Enyobeni Tavern, opposite eNCA.

Police did not release the condition of the bodies of the victims, although they hoped to use surveillance footage from the crime scene to help put peace about what happened, police said The New York Times. At least 22 young partygoers die in possible ‘stampede’ at South African nightclub


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