The Provincial Commissioner of KwaZulu-Natal, Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi has deployed maximum resources following the shooting last night at the Samkelisiwe Tavern in Sweetwaters, Pietermaritzburg last night.

At about 20:30 two men entered the tavern and randomly opened fire on the patrons resulting in at least 12 people being shot. Two people died at the scene and two died later while the other eight have been admitted in hospital for treatment.

The deceased are aged between 30 and 45. Charges of murder and attempted murder are being investigated currently.

The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi has condemned shooting and he has deployed members of Crime Intelligence, forensic experts as well as a tactical unit to form part of an investigation team led by the Provincial Organised Crime Investigation Unit.

“The team will be working around the clock to track down and bring to book those responsible for this shooting”, said General Mkhwanazi.

In the meantime, we are appealing to anyone who may be able to assist with information which could assist police in the successful investigation of this case.

People with information may contact Crime Stop on ?08600 10111 or on MySAPSApp, an application which can be downloaded on any Android or iPhone.?

Source: South African Police Service

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