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More Than 20 People Found Dead At A Nightclub in South Africa

The cause of death is unknown.

Twenty-one people, all under the age of 21, have been found dead at a nightclub in South Africa.

The South Africa Daily Sun reports their ages ranged from 13 to 20 and the current death toll is 22. BBC reports bodies were found on floors and tables in the early hours of June 26 at Enyobeni Tavern.

Siyakhangela Ndevu, the owner of the club, told a local broadcaster eNCA, “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."

Police Minister Bheki Cele said in a statement, “From what we see here, it does not look like a stampede, hence we brought our forensic team from Pretoria to focus on what transpired at the tavern."

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Health Department spokesman Siyanda Manana also added: "At this point we cannot confirm the cause of death.” There were reports that the young people may have been exposed to poisonous gas.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tweeted, "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.”

The names of the victims have not been released. There is currently an investigation.

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