At least 17 people have reportedly been found dead in a nightclub in South Africa.
Emergency services were called in the early hours of Sunday to the Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park on the outskirts of East London in the Eastern Cape province, according to the Daily Dispatch news site.
Eastern Cape Police spokesman Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana told the all-time news channel Newzroom Africa in the country that young adults aged between 18 and 20 were among the dead.
He said: “SAPS confirms that around 17…were found dead in a local shack in Scenery Park, in the East London area.
“We received this report in the early hours of Sunday. The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated as we speak.
“We don’t want to speculate at this point. Our investigation is ongoing.”
He later confirmed to Reuters that “the circumstances in which they died are being investigated”, adding that it was too early to determine the cause of death.
Reporters from the Daily Dispatch, which said the death toll could be as high as 22, say there is speculation that those who died were exposed to some sort of poison or died in a stampede.
Zulu-language newspaper Isolezwe News says eyewitnesses told them “bodies were everywhere” with no signs of injury.