Report finds teenagers suffocated at nightclub in South Africa


The parents of 21 youngsters who died in a nightclub in June have been told they had suffocated.

However, it is unclear from the recently released report what caused the teens’ deaths.

“The report came out but I’m not happy with it,” said Xolile Malangeni, whose 17-year-old daughter Esinako was among the victims.

Xolile and others complained that the results were given to them verbally by the authorities.

A spokesman for the Eastern Cape provincial health department declined to comment on the results of the survey and told reporters the survey would not be published.

Twenty-one youngsters – the youngest aged 13 – died while partying at the Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park, a township outside the coastal city of East London in the province of Eastern Cape.

More than 1,000 mourners attended the funerals of 19 of the nightclub’s 21 victims. Photo: Getty.

Multiple causes of death for teenagers have been reported in recent weeks, including poisoning from what they may have eaten or drunk.

Local television eNCA reported on Thursday that the asphyxiation was caused by overcrowding.

In June, a source familiar with the investigation told Reuters the youths may have died of poisoning following a gas leak.

More than 1,000 mourners attended the funeral of the victims two weeks after the tragedy and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a eulogy.

In South Africa, the legal drinking age is 18, the owner of the bar has been arrested and charged with supplying alcohol to minors.

-with AAP

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