21 young people died of suffocation in South Africa

21 young people died of suffocation in South Africa
21 young people died of suffocation in South Africa

South African health authorities have informed families of 21 young people who died in June under mysterious circumstances in an illegal bar, that their deaths were attributed to “asphyxiation”.

They called the 21 families to tell us what happened. Now we are told it was a case of suffocationsaid the father of one of the victims, Xolani Malangeni. “Previously, they told us it was poisoning. It’s wrong,” he added, visibly angry.

His daughter, Esinako Sanarhana, 17, died on the night of June 25-26 at the popular Enyobeni bar in the seedy East Landon neighborhood of Scenery Park. The victims were all young people, aged between 14 and 20.

The Eastern Cape provincial health ministry confirmed to AFP that it had called the families to update them on the developments. However, he did not mention the cause of death, citing the “confidentiality” of personal data.

The more bodies were found on the morning of June 26 inside the bar and were not visibly injured. Authorities ruled out the possibility that they were trampled by the crowd. Survivors said they felt a “strong smell” and people collapsed on the floor. A total of 31 people were taken to hospitals with symptoms including vomiting, headaches and bone and chest pains.

The other families also confirmed that they were informed that the death of their children was attributed to suffocation. No family was given the results of the toxicology tests. “They told us that if we want them, we should go to court to ask for themMalangeni said.

The results of the first toxicology tests, in July, showed that his blood alcohol and carbon monoxide levels were well below lethal levels. Traces of methanol were also found in the blood of some.

Most of the victims were students celebrating the end of the exam period.

The owner of the bar was arrested for selling alcohol to minors. In South Africa, the consumption of alcohol by persons under the age of 18 is prohibited.

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