State funeral held for 21 South Africans who died in nightclub

A state funeral was held in South Africa for 21  people, all under 18 years of age, who mysteriously died at a bar late last month.

The funeral was held Wednesday in the coastal town of East London. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was one of the hundreds of people who attended, including family, friends and people from the local community.

The cause of death is still under investigation but last week sources reportedly said authorities suspect the victims died of some type of gas poisoning.

Some of the victims reportedly collapsed  while dancing and others lost consciousness mid conversation with people at the bar.

Most of the victims were 17 years old and younger. The youngest victim was a 13-year-old boy. The legal age for drinking alcohol in South Africa is 18.

A criminal investigation has opened into the establishment where the the teens died. Most of the victims reportedly died there, a few died at a hospital.

More about the funeral can be found here.

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