Shooting in a bar in Soweto: new death toll of 16

Bar shooting in Soweto: new death toll of 16


The shooting at a bar in Soweto overnight from Saturday to Sunday claimed the 16th victim, with one of the injured who died in hospital from his injuries, police said on Tuesday.  

“The death toll rose to 16 after the death of one of the injured in hospital was confirmed on Tuesday,” police said in a statement.

< p>The investigation is continuing “to establish the motive and arrest the assailants involved in the shooting”, she adds.

A total of 20 people died after unknown assailants opened the fire Saturday evening, apparently at random, on the customers of two bars, one in Soweto, near Johannesburg (16 dead), the other in Zulu country, in the east of the country (4 dead).


In this second shooting, in a township near Pietermaritzburg, two suspects have been arrested, but no arrests have been made to date in the Soweto shooting.

The Soweto shooting reportedly been committed e by “several shooters” armed with AK-47 assault rifles, according to the first elements of the investigation.

Shootings are frequent in South Africa, one of the most violent countries in the world, fueled by gang violence and alcohol, but the indiscriminate nature of the weekend's two killings baffles investigators.

These violent deaths are “unacceptable and disturbing” and “we can only allow violent criminals terrorize us in this way,” South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a statement on Sunday.