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On Sunday, South African police were investigating the deaths of at least 20 young people who died in a bar in the east coastal town of London.

The cause of death was unknown and local press reported that there were no signs of injury.

“The number has risen to 20, three have died in hospital. But there are still two who are very critical,” the head of the provincial government’s security department, Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe, told television. local.

“At this stage, we cannot confirm the cause of death,” health department spokesman Siyanda Manana said.

“We will perform autopsies as soon as possible to establish the probable cause of death. The deceased have been taken to state morgues,” Manana added.

End of exam party

Provincial police spokesman Brigadier Thembinkosi Kinana told AFP that the victims of the incident were between 18 and 20 years old.

They reportedly attended a party at Enyobeni Tavern to celebrate the end of winter school exams.

Bar owner Siyakchangela Ndevu told local TV channel eNCA he was called to the scene early on Sunday morning and was “still unsure what really happened”.

A government security official, Unathi Binqose, told AFP that [investigators] will take samples and test to see if there has been poisoning of any kind”, but added that “the place was much more crowded than it normally would be”.

Worried parents gathered at the scene to find their children were among the dead

Township pubs, commonly known as taverns or shebeens, are legally allowed to sell alcohol, but safety rules are rarely enforced.

They are often located inside people’s homes.

ab/dj (AFP, AP)