A survivor has recounted how a dying victim begged her to save her life when young patrons emerged from the Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park, east London, in the early hours of Sunday morning.
” One of those who died there called for help as I stormed outside and said, ‘Sisi please help me, I’m dying,'” said the 24-year-old survivor.
“I could see that she took her last breath. She lay there and people were all over her. It was like something out of a horror movie.”
The survivor said that people had trouble getting out of the tavern when there was a stampede.
“People were having trouble closing breathing because she [the tavern staff] had sprayed something,” she said.
The young woman arrived at the tavern around 1 p.m.
“Fortunately, my friends were able to and I escaped unharmed.”
< p>Parent Nandipha Tyuthwana said she was looking for her daughter Chulumanco Tyuthwana, 17, who went to the tavern after 9pm on Saturday night.
Chulumanco is an 11th grade student at Qaqamba High School.
“She asked to go to the Pens Down event and I gave her permission” , said her mother.
“She’s the only one left missing because all her friends have returned home and that’s why I came to look for her.
“She doesn’t have a phone. She usually uses mine, but she left it at home last night.”
It is widely believed that the Pens Down event celebrated the end of the mid-term exams.
Provincial education spokesman Malibongwe Mtima declined to comment.
“We are shocked by this [incident],” Mtima said. “As a department, we’re fact-finding so we can see how best to participate or intervene.”
Buffalo City Community Policing Forum Chair Ludumo Salman slammed social media users, who widely shared graphic images of bodies inside< span> the tavern.
In the incident, believed to have been the result of a stampede, died in the early hours of Sunday morning 20 young guests
Shortly after the incident, the vivid images were trending on social media.
Salman went with families from Gompo whose children did not returned from the tavern to the scene of the crime. He said a family saw their loved ones in the pictures posted to social media.
“A woman said it was her brother lying on a table,” he said.
“It was very wrong to circulate images of people who have been pronounced dead. We are appealing to people to stop posting pictures of the deceased before notifying their next of kin. It is a trauma for the parents. Imagine a parent seeing a picture of their dead child. It’s traumatic. I can empathize with them.”
Salmansaid his son almost died in the stampede.
“My 17 year old -old son asked for money, but there was no explanation as to how he planned to spend it.
“What I heard that [Sunday] morning is that his best friends were there.There might be two of them there.”