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KZN govt confirms ‘mystery drug’ was a bad batch of ecstasy

Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi says 34 school children were among those rushed to hospital.

Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The KwaZulu-Natal Social Development Department has now confirmed the four people who died in the province had taken ecstasy.

At least 44 people were hospitalised on Saturday night after taking what officials previously labelled a 'mystery drug' at several parties in the KwaMashu and Inanda areas.

Police confirmed three of the victims died that same night while another person died earlier this month.

Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi says 34 school children were among those rushed to hospital.

"It's ecstasy but some give it different names; some say it's cake, or biscuit, they say it's according to the shape of the drug."

Earlier, government said it's deeply concerned that the drug could find its way to other parts of the country.

Government spokesperson Phumla Williams sent condolences and pledged assistance to the families of those who died.

The police then urged people to come forward if their relatives also died from the drug.

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