Seven men are dead and four others are currently at False Bay Hospital in Fish Hoek and Victoria Hospital in Wynberg after allegedly drinking alcohol with methanol on Sunday at a party in Masiphumelele near Kommetjie.
Health Department spokeswoman Natalie Watlington said Wednesday that a total of 20 men were hospitalized after drinking some of the poisonous brew. She said they were all first taken to False Bay Hospital. Five of the men were subsequently transferred to Victoria Hospital and Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.
Seven of the 20 admitted were killed in False Bay Hospital. They were hospitalized on Sunday, the day of the alleged party, on Monday and Tuesday night, respectively.
Watlington says they don’t know how much methanol was in the brew or where the methanol came from.
Meanwhile, the col. Police spokesman Andrè Traut said they were investigating the circumstances under which the men, all aged between 35 and 49, died.
According to Traut, the men drank homemade beer.
He said the men were all Zimbabwean citizens.
Of the four who are still in hospital, one is being treated at False Bay and the other three are at Victoria Hospital.
“Judicial investigations have been opened. The exact causes of their death have not yet been determined, ”says Traut.
Meanwhile, Watlington also warned the public not to drink homemade beverages.
Toxic alcohol such as methanol, a product that is removed from distilled beverages and used in household cleaners and as a solvent of paint, and isopropyl alcohol found in hand cleaners, can lead to blindness or even death if ingested