Two medical students, from KwaZulu-Natal but based in Cuba, have died.
The Department of Health said in a statement on Monday that Sihle Cebo Makhaye and Sibusiso Thanks Ngeleka, both final year students of study in Cuba, died in a drowning incident during a house party, at a home that had been hired by students to celebrate a birthday party.
"Our hearts and thoughts are with the family, relatives, colleagues and friends of the deceased in this darkest hour. We express our sincere condolences."
The Department of Health in KwaZulu-Natal is currently arranging trauma counseling for members of the family.
The Cuba exchange programmed has been marred by tragic events.