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South Africa Tavern Tragedy: Several teenager found dead in a night pub; victims’ aged from 13-17

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Johannesburg: South Africa pub turns into dead pool where 21 teenagers found dead in which victims’ aged from 13-17 in the coastal town of East London early Sunday and authorities said. The reason behind the deaths is still not clear.

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It is unclear what led to the deaths of the young people, who were reportedly attending a party to celebrate the end of winter school exams. Local newspaper Daily Dispatch reported that bodies were strewn across tables and chairs without any visible signs of injuries.

‘No obvious signs of injury’
“At this point, we cannot confirm the cause of death,” said health department spokesperson Siyanda Manana. “We are going to conduct autopsies as soon as possible to establish the probable cause of death.”

Police minister Bheki Cele said the victims’ ages ranged from 13 to 17, raising questions about why the underaged teenagers were being served alcohol.

President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed condolences to the families of those who died.

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“The President is, however, concerned about the reported circumstances under which such young people were gathered at a venue which, on the face of it, should be off limits to persons under the age of 18,” Ramaphosa said in a statement.

The owner of the club, Siyakhangela Ndevu, told local media he was called to the scene early Sunday morning.

“I am still uncertain about what really happened, but when I was called in the morning I was told the place was too full and that some people were trying to force their way into the tavern,” he said.

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