Survivors of the Enyobeni pub tragedy, in which 21 young people died in strange circumstances in East London on Sunday, have spoken out, explaining what happened hours before the bodies were discovered. While a stampede has been ruled out, the cause of death has still to be determined, with conjecture that the victims - the most of whom were youngsters, the youngest of whom was only 13 - were poisoned. Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana, a police spokesperson, said the victims were discovered at 4 a.m. on Sunday.
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"The newest information presently reveals that just one body remains unidentified in the local mortuary," Kinana added. "An appeal is made to parents or relatives who may have not seen their children since the weekend to kindly make time to inquire at the mortuary." Parents whose children survived the tragedy but are still unwell have been asked to transport them to hospitals or clinics. According to reports, bodies were strewn across tables, chairs, and the floor at the tavern, with no signs of injury.
A 17-year-old survivor said she was still struggling to cope with what happened. She described the events leading up to the incident, saying, "We were advised to wear black and white." It was a DJ's birthday celebration. Someone threw pepper spray at roughly 12 a.m. when we were seated inside, and we fled. We couldn't see who used the pepper spray, but we were told it was the owner, and he wanted us to leave. We left and went somewhere else. When we returned, the entrance was shut and the bouncer refused to let us in because it was already crowded inside.
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