In a nightclub in East London, South Africa, authorities have reported finding the bodies of at least 22 people.
According to reports, a number of individuals were hurt when the dead bodies were discovered at the Enyobeni Tavern on Sunday morning.
A 39-second video of parents who came to the scene outside Nyobeni tarven to identify their children’s bodies in Scernary Park, East London, has gone viral.
In the footage, heartbroken parents can be seen and heard screaming at police officers.
Additionally, the authorities are seen in the video calming the enraged crowd.
In an interview with the news station Newzroom Africa, a police spokesperson stated that an investigation is presently ongoing to determine the cause of the deaths.
There were calls for the club to be shut down after it was reported that the victims’ relatives were unable to locate their relatives’ bodies.
An unlawful shooting occurred at the tavern dance hall, according to Eastern Cape Nomthetheleli Police Commissioner Lilian Mene, speaking to SABC News.
Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana said, “At this time, we do not wish to speculate as to what may have led to their deaths.”
The authorities stated that all of the deceased were between the ages of 18 and 20. On Saturday night, the location and its surroundings were crowded, as evidenced by videos posted on social media.
Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa, addressed the incident and expressed regret over the deaths.
- “My deepest condolences go out to the families of the 22 teenagers who lost their lives at the bar in Scenery Park, East London, earlier this morning,” the president said in a statement on social media.
Siyakhangela Ndevu, the property’s owner, told the television station eNCA that he is likewise unaware of what occurred and that he was only given notice to visit the location on Sunday morning.
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