Law enforcement officials in South Africa have reported that nine individuals were killed on Saturday night as a result of separate shooting events that occurred in two of the country’s provinces. As a result, police in South Africa are actively searching for those responsible for the shootings. In a nation that already has one of the worst murder rates in the world, the most recent spate of shootings comes on the heels of an upswing in deaths caused by acts of violence.
In the Thembelihle informal settlement, which is located in the southern suburbs of Johannesburg, there was a shooting that resulted in the injuries of four people and the shooting deaths of four more. According to a statement released by the authorities, the preliminary investigation indicates that a group of guys were playing dice on a street corner when they were ambushed by unknown gunmen who shot at them. The attack took place at approximately 7:30 p.m. (17:30 GMT) on Saturday.
The police stated on Sunday that four people were pronounced dead at the site on Saturday, while two people were brought to the nearest medical care center after sustaining gunshot wounds. The regional police commissioner, Elias Mawela, referred to the scene of the crime as “horrific.” In a separate event that took place in Thembelihle, a man who was 36 years old and appeared to have been robbed of his things, including a mobile phone and a bicycle, was discovered shot to death, according to these people.
According to the police, it is not possible to determine at this stage what the motivation was for the shootings. In the meantime, authorities in the province of the Western Cape have opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of three people who were found on Saturday night in the township of Khayelitsha. According to Colonel Andre Traut, the fourth murder was a separate incident from the others. They were occupying the seats provided. “There does not appear to be any rhyme or purpose for the onslaught on them,” he said.
According to the officials, eight people suspected of being involved in the “random” separate gunshot and robbery crimes that occurred on Thursday night in the Alexandra suburb of Johannesburg were arrested. The incidents involved six different victims. It was not yet known for certain whether the suspects in the shooting at Alexandra were part of the same group that was responsible for all of the homicides. Out of a total population of almost 60 million, approximately 20,000 people are killed in South Africa each and every year.