Police: Atleast Nine Dead After Weekend Shootings in SA

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Following the shootings in the provinces of Gauteng and Western Cape, SA Police said they are looking for suspects …

After nine individuals were killed in separate shooting events in two provinces in the country on Saturday night, police in South Africa are looking for suspects, according to a statement from law enforcement.

In a nation with one of the highest murder rates in the world, the most recent spate of shootings follows an increase in violent deaths.

In the Thembelihle informal settlement, a southern Johannesburg neighbourhood, four individuals were shot, and two more were hurt.

According to early findings, on Saturday night at 7:30 pm(CAT), a group of men were playing dice on a street corner when they were attacked by unidentified intruders who fired at them, according to a statement.

The police reported on Sunday that two persons were evacuated to the closest medical facility after suffering gunshot wounds, while four people were pronounced dead on Saturday.

Elias Mawela, the regional police commissioner, described the crime scene as “horrific.”

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Separately, a 36-year-old man who looked to have been robbed of his possessions, including a phone and a bicycle was discovered shot to death in Thembelihle.

The police stated that they cannot confirm a motive at this time. Police have opened an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding a triple homicide that occurred on Saturday night in the Western Cape province township of Khayelitsha. Colonel Andre Traut said that the fourth murder was an unrelated occurrence.

According to authorities, eight suspects were detained on Friday. They were connected to the “random” shooting and robbery that left six people dead on Thursday night in the northern Johannesburg township of Alexandra.

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It was unclear at the time whether the suspects in the shooting at Alexandra belonged to the same gang as those other killings.

Out of a total population of around 60 million, South Africa witnesses about 20,000 homicides annually.

Source: News Agencies

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