Ficksburg: On Saturday at about 01:30, mourners were at a night vigil in Meqheleng when three males allegedly from Lesotho entered the tent full of mourners and started shooting randomly at people who attended the service. A 60-year-old man was killed as well as a female who was asleep in her house who was hit by a stray bullet. Six people were rushed to hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.

In another incident: at about 02:30, friends were sitting outside a house in Meqheleng when an unknown number of males wearing blankets entered the yard and started shooting randomly. Two males, aged 33 and 38 were fatally wounded and were certified dead at the scene, while two others sustained gunshot wounds in their lower back. Neighbours called the police however upon arrival, the suspects had already fled the scene, heading towards the Lesotho border.

The Acting Provincial Commissioner immediately established a task team consisting of Detectives, Crime Intelligence Unit, Technical Response Team (TRT) and Public Order Police to trace the perpetrators.

“Our team will work around the clock to trace and arrests the suspects.” Said the Acting Provincial Commissioner, Maj Gen Solly Lesia.

“Let me at the same time assure the community of Meqheleng that we have taken charge of this prevailing situation, all they can do is to allow justice to take its cause,” concluded the Acting Provincial Commissioner.

An appeal is made to anyone with information to can contact Detective Colonel Eketsang Kholoane on 082 301 9578 or to contact Crime Stop on 0860010111.

Source: South African Police Service

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