Two dead, 32 hospitalised after taking ‘mystery’ drug at end-of-term party

By admin
24 March 2016

It was allegedly passed around and consumed "like a snack" by the youngsters.

A party to celebrate the end of the school term ended in tragedy this week, when two people died after consuming a popular drug.

Thirty-two other people – mostly school pupils from the Zeph Dhlomo High School in the KwaZulu-Natal township of Kwamashu – were hospitalised after taking the drug.

It's not yet confirmed exactly what the school-goers had been taking, but Timeslive reports it may have been a drug with the same chemical composition as ecstasy, known on the street as "data", "umgwinyo" or "Mercedes".

Grade 11 pupil Siyabonga Mngadi was one of the deceased. His family reportedly found his lifeless body on a pavement close to his home, a few hours after he had left the party.

Police spokesman Major Thulani Zwane confirmed that two inquest dockets – one for a 19-year-old male and another for a 29-year-old deceased male - had been opened at the Kwamashu police station.

He added that the teenage pupil was “having a gathering with friends” in KwaMashu’s K-Section on Saturday when he “collapsed and died”.

The 29-year-old man was found dead in his room at his home in Kwamashu’s E-Section, later that day. Zwane said that circumstances surrounding the incident were currently being investigated.

A state doctor who did not want to be named told Timeslive at least 50 cases of people who had consumed the drug were referred to a local hospital three weeks ago.

"All the patients were extremely violent and had to be restrained. One kid is in ICU in a private hospital. He took the drug at an upmarket nightclub. It is obviously being distributed in various areas."

KwaZulu-Natal’s provincial government has since called-on parents to keep a close watch on their children. Social workers are currently visiting the families of those involved in the incident.

Sources: IOL, Timeslive, SowetanLive

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