‘Almost lost my life’: Enyobeni artist shares clip ‘minutes before’ [watch]

An Eastern Cape rapper who performed on stage at the Enyobeni tavern has shared footage of what transpired “minutes” before 21 children lost their lives.

Brian Mapasa shared a first-hand account of what he experienced during the tragic incident on his social media accounts. On Sunday morning, 12 boys and nine girls – all under the age of 17 – died under mysterious circumstances at the popular East London nightspot.

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ENYOBENI ARTIST: ‘WE WERE STUCK WITH NO AIR’

In a clip posted on Twitter, the 23-year-old revealed he was performing for a crowd “minutes” before the attack.

“Minutes before I almost lost my life at  Enyobeni Tavern”, he said in a tweet.

Minutes before i almost lost my life at #EnyobeniTavern pic.twitter.com/gKT2INYoda

— BRIAN (@Brian_Mapasa) June 26, 2022

Brian then revealed in a Facebook post that revellers began “suffocating and collapsing” after allegedly being pepper-sprayed.

He shared: “People suffocated and started collapsing. It was very hard to breathe in that small space by the door with pepper spray even.  I got pulled out losing my breath. Enyobeni is not having enough security by the door, imagine two people stopping 100s of people pushing back and forth. Some wanted to come in by force while others wanted to get out ASAP due to pepper spray”.

An artist booked to perform at the Enyobeni tavern in Eastern Cape has shared his experience. Image via Facebook

He added on Twitter: “Because a lot of people died people are expecting some major reason for the deaths. People died cause they couldn’t breathe. We were stuck at one place with no air coming just breathing in pepper spray. Some even fell down and never got back up just got stepped on”.

Because a lot of people died people are expecting some major reason for the deaths whereas people died cause they couldn’t breathe we were stuck at one place with no air coming just breathing in pepper spray, some even fell down and never got back up just got stepped on

— BRIAN (@Brian_Mapasa) June 26, 2022

Brian revealed that he escaped the incident with “minor injuries”.

‘IT COULD BE SECURITY OR MANAGERS

Responding to curious tweeps, Brian tweeted that he believed Enyobeni staff were to blame for pepper-spraying the crowd.

He tweeted: “I am thinking it could be the security or managers because we get searched before we enter for weapons. Unless in their defence they say it was someone from the outside who sprayed . There were a lot of people blocking the door”.

And guys only reason i am thinking it could be the security or managers is because we get searched before we enter for weapons unless in their defence they say it was someone from the outside who sprayed cause there was alotta people blocking the door

— BRIAN (@Brian_Mapasa) June 26, 2022

Brian also claimed that the tavern regularly did this to force the crowd out at the closing time.

He added: “They didn’t spray directly to us they sprayed on top of us hoping it’ll put pressure on us to move out not knowing the people coming in are blocking us. Eventually, some kids fell down which made it even harder to move, and we were stuck there for close to an hour of breathing [pepper] spray”.

At Enyobeni security or managers when it’s too full or when they are closing ti chase people out they put pepper spray so everyone goes out of the venue which usually but this time they did that not knowing that we can’t move to actually go out they just kept spraying

— BRIAN (@Brian_Mapasa) June 26, 2022

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