22 people have been found dead at an East London nightclub, Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park.
Most of the persons dead are said to be teenagers, and the youngest is said to be 13-year-old.
It’s believed that the students were celebrating the end of their high-school exams on Saturday night.
Reports gathered say there was no injury on the bodies of the deceased, hence the cause of death remains mysterious till autopsies are carried out.
Local newspaper DispatchLive said “Bodies are lying strewn across tables, chairs and on the floor, with no obvious signs of injury.”
Crowds of people, including parents whose children were missing, gathered on Sunday outside the tavern where the tragedy happened in the city of East London while mortuary vehicles collected the bodies, an AFP correspondent saw.
The provincial government of Eastern Cape said eight girls and 13 boys had died. Seventeen were found dead inside the tavern. The rest died in hospital.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is attending the G-7 summit in Germany, sent his condolences.