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Mass shooting in Johannesburg’s Soweto bar leaves 15 dead

According to the police, a shooting rampage that took place inside a bar in the township of Soweto in Johannesburg resulted in the deaths of 15 people and left others in a critical condition.



According to the police, a shooting rampage that took place inside a bar in the township of Soweto in Johannesburg resulted in the deaths of 15 people and left others in a critical condition.

The police have stated that they are conducting an investigation into accusations that a group of guys arrived at the bar in a minibus taxi just after midnight on Sunday and opened fire on some of the guests there.

The hurt people have been taken to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

According to Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, who is the police commissioner for the province of Gauteng, the discovery of a large number of spent casings at the scene suggests that multiple individuals opened fire inside the pub.

“The primary inquiry reveals they were enjoying themselves in a licensed tavern,” Mawela told AP.

People attempted to flee the tavern when they heard several gunshots all of a sudden. We don’t now have complete information on the motivation for the targeting of these individuals, the man stated.

“It is clear that a weapon with a high caliber was utilized, and it appeared to be firing shots at random. According to comments made by Mawela to the Associated Press, “you can see that each and every one of those folks was battling to get out of the tavern.”

He claimed that because it was so dark where the incident occurred, it was more difficult to locate witnesses who could identify the suspects.

Col. Dimakatso Sello, a spokesman for the national police department, stated that rifles and a 9 mm pistol were used in the attack.

The attackers got away in a small white Toyota Quantum.


Following a long day of work, the eyewitness was relaxing with some friends with a few beers when, at approximately 10 p.m., a man armed with an AK-47 slammed open the door and interrupted “our enjoyment abruptly.” The eyewitness was visibly scared after the incident.

He started firing while remaining silent.

“My companion and the other pool players scattered in search of safety. He shot them repeatedly.

“I watched them as they landed. There was utter chaos. I hid beneath a desk. There were four bodies lying close to me. I got blood on me from them.

After the assault rifle-wielding man finished, two more joined him and entered the firing line, firing repeatedly at those lying on the ground.

The terror, according to the man, lasted for ten minutes “They lacked sympathy. Never have I witnessed such violence.”

“People perished in my sight. Some people were yelling in pain “said he.

“The gunmen calmly walked away after shooting individuals, including my friend.

“One of the men had a revolver beside me, so I’m not sure how I escaped harm. I gave him my full attention, and he turned and left.”


In a second incident, on Saturday night, unidentified gunmen opened fire inside a tavern in the Sweetwaters settlement of the coastal city of Pietermaritzburg, causing the deaths of four individuals.

Two persons were killed at the scene of the shooting, and two more were pronounced dead later at the hospital. According to the police, two individuals entered the bar and began firing shots at random at the customers within. According to the police, there are also 8 more people being treated in the hospital. According to authorities, the ages of those who have passed away ranged from 30 to 45 years old, and the investigations into possible murder and attempted murder are ongoing.

Kwazulu-Natal police commissioner Gen. Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi said, “The team will work around the clock to find the people who did this shooting and bring them to justice.”

The gunshots in the bar take place just two weeks after the bodies of 21 young people were discovered in a pub in the district of East London. The police have not yet revealed what caused the deaths of those teenagers, however they have stated that the youths were not killed by gunfire nor were they crushed to death in a stampede.

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