10 die in South Africa bar stampede

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Ten people have died after a stampede during New Year's Day events in a township tavern

Ten people have been killed in a stampede during the early hours of New Year’s Day at a tavern in a South African township.

Police spokeswoman Adele Myburgh said police could not confirm the cause of the stampede at a bar in the Ipelegeng township in the largely rural North West province.

Myburgh said the people killed have not been formally identified.

Provincial safety officials suspect some of those killed were below the country’s 18-year-old legal drinking age and urged police to investigate safety precautions taken by the tavern owner.

Official Desbo Mohono said the incident was “the worst New Year celebration disaster” in the province’s history.

Authorities are appealing for calm in the small community.

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