Published: Jan 1, 2011 17:56 Updated: Jan 1, 2011 17:56
JOHANNESBURG: Ten people were killed in a stampede in a bar in a South African township during a New Year’s Eve celebration, an official said on Saturday.
Most of the dead were believed to be between the ages of 18 and 25, but police were still investigating whether any were minors, said Lesiba Moses Kgwele, a local government spokesman.
Police were investigating the cause of the stampede, which happened shortly after midnight in Ipelegeng Township, about 300 kilometers (186 miles) southwest of Johannesburg, Kgwele said.
State broadcaster SABC said it was believed to have been caused when a fight broke out and panicked patrons rushed toward the crowded bar’s sole exit.
Black residential districts known as townships are a legacy of South Africa’s apartheid regime and many remain areas of overcrowding and grinding poverty.
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