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Four dead, eight injured in Pietermaritzburg pub shooting

Four people were shot dead and eight others were injured in a shooting at a bistro in Sweetwaters, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.

According to reports, the incident occurred at 20.30pm on Saturday night while a group of people were drinking.

Four killed in Pietermaritzburg pub

A car arrived and parked outside the bistro, according to police. Two men jumped out of the car and shot customers as they entered the bistro.

A total of 12 people were shot dead; two were pronounced dead at the scene, and two others were reported dead in hospital, KwaZulu-Natal provincial police spokesman Lieutenant Nqobile Gwala said.

“Eight other people are still in hospital after being injured. The suspect fled the scene after the incident. The deceased was between 30 and 45 years old.

“In Plessislaer SAPS has launched an investigation into allegations of murder and attempted murder. The case file has been handed over to the Provincial Organised Crime Unit, who will take over the investigation.”

Lieutenant Colonel Nqobile Gwala

Motivation for Soweto shooting unknown

Police have launched a manhunt after 14 people were shot dead at a tavern in the informal settlement of Nomzamo in East Orlando, Soweto.

According to police, a group of men armed with rifles and 9mm pistols entered a bistro and began shooting randomly at customers sitting inside.

23 people were shot, 12 of them died on the spot, and 11 others were taken to hospital. Two more people were later pronounced dead in hospital.

The spokesman, Colonel Dimakatso Sello, said police had opened 14 murders and nine attempted murders.

“Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or possess information that could lead to the arrest of a suspect is urged to report it through the Crime Stoppers hotline or provide a tip on the MySAPS app. All information received will be kept strictly confidential,” Sello said.

Also read: BREAKING: At least 14 shot dead in Soweto bistro

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