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How a pilgrimage turned tragic

No South Africans killed in stampede

It seems that the crush happened during part of a ritual that is part of the hajj or holy pilgrimage in Mecca.

The death toll at the Saudi haj crush has risen to 717 and has left at least 850 people injured.

The stampede followed after large numbers of people gathered at Mina, outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca.

702's John Robbie speaks to EWN's Faizel Patel in Mina, to get an update on this tragedy.

John Robbie also spoke to President of the SA Hajj and Umrah Council, Shaneen Essop about the measures that should be put in place.

The stampede is the deadliest incident to occur at the pilgrimage in 25 years.

Faizel Patel, EWN Correspondent, says that the stampede occurred when two large groups of pilgrims converged from different directions on to one street - allegedly caused by not following rules.

He told CapeTalk's John Maytham that the Saudi officials have worked to improve the traffic flow of the pilgrims by creating a timetable and establishing rules and regulations.

They have now launched a full investigation into the exact cause of the accident during the ritual.

Faizel Patel, EWN Correspondent

Listen to the full conversation (with John Maytham standing in) on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

What actually happened

Stephen Grootes spoke to Middle East correspondent, Andrew Bossone about what actually happened.

Listen to the conversation below:

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