Human Interest 22 Teenagers Found Dead Inside South African Bar. No One Knows How They Died At least nine women and 12 men were found dead early Sunday morning at the bar in East London, according to the South African Police Service By Abigail Adams Abigail Adams Instagram Twitter Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 27, 2022 02:37 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos Police and forensic experts work at the Enyobeni Tavern in East London. Photo: STR/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Officials say 22 teenagers died at a tavern in South Africa over the weekend — but the cause of their death remains a mystery. The teens' bodies were found "lifeless" on Sunday around 4 a.m. local time at a local tavern in Scenery Park, East London, according to a news release from the South African Police Service (SAPS). At least nine women and 12 men were found dead when emergency responders arrived at the venue, SAPS reported. The victims were between the ages of 13 and 17, according to CNN and USA Today. However, South Africa's Daily Maverick reported the victims' ages are between 14 and 20. East London police did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. Teen Drowns at Utah State Park After Trying to Save Family Member Who Was Eventually Rescued Authorities outside the Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park, East London on Sunday after more than 20 people died. STR/AFP via Getty Images South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa offered his "deepest condolences" to the families of the 22 victims, who died during South Africa's Youth Month. "This tragedy is made even more grave by its occurrence during Youth Month – a time during which we celebrate young people, advocate and advance opportunities for improved socio-economic conditions for the youth of our nation," said Ramaphosa, 69, on Twitter. Sunday's incident occurred at Enyobeni Tavern, the Maverick reported. The venue promoted a Saturday night of "Hooka[h] food and alcohol" on its Facebook page prior to the event. The social media post promised live performances, surprise guests and "various" DJs. The business did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. High School Student Who Was 'Always Smiling' Dies After Being Electrocuted in Car Accident A family member of a victim is comforted outside a mortuary in East London, South Africa. Oluthando Mthimkhulu/Xinhua via Getty Images Officials located 17 bodies inside the tavern upon arrival, SAPS said in Sunday's release. Two victims "died at a local clinic," one died at a hospital, and another died while being transported. Additionally, four people were listed in critical condition at the hospital, per the Maverick. At least three victims reportedly went to the hospital after going home from the tavern after feeling ill. The victims' bodies did not appear to have any visible wounds or signs of injury, according to USA Today. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free weekly newsletter to get the biggest news of the week delivered to your inbox every Friday. Though the teens' official cause of death has not been revealed, Unathi Binqose, a spokesperson for the Eastern Cape Department of Community Safety, told the Maverick that forensic pathologists believe the teens consumed something that led to their deaths based on initial autopsy results. Forensic experts outside a tavern in East London, South Africa. Oluthando Mthimkhulu/Xinhua via Getty Images "[They] said it was something they ingested, possibly from the beers they were consuming, or something they inhaled from those hubbly-bubblies [water pipes or hookahs] that they were smoking," Binqose told the outlet. Some witnesses claimed the victims were killed during a stampede, which has since been ruled out, per the Maverick. Teen Beaten to Death Outside School Established by LeBron James' Foundation: 'Absolute Nightmare' An investigation into the incident is ongoing. SAPS said management "has ordered the deployment of maximum resources" as officials look into Sunday's incident, according to Sunday's news release. Police and forensic experts work at the Enyobeni Tavern in East London. STR/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Speaking with reporters at the Enyobeni Tavern, where the deaths occurred, national Police Minister Bheki Cele said toxicology labs in Cape Town will analyze samples from the bodies of the victims, according to CNN and USA Today. In SAPS' news release, Cele said officials are "engaging other stakeholders to investigate issues of compliance to liquor legislation." "We have an experienced team that is complementing the provincial team to ensure that we get to the bottom of what has led to the death of these young people," he explained. Anyone who may have information about Sunday's incident is asked to share information via the #CrimeStop number at 08600 10111.