Tavern massacre, 4 suspects to appear in Pietermaritzburg court

South African Police Service

Tavern massacre, 4 suspects to appear in Pietermaritzburg court
Tavern massacre, 4 suspects to appear in Pietermaritzburg court

The Provincial Commissioner of KwaZulu-Natal, Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, has commended the investigation team for the breakthrough made in the deadly shooting in the Samkelisiwe Tavern which left four people dead and eight others wounded.

On Saturday, 9 July 2022 a group of gunmen entered the tavern and opened fire on the patrons before fleeing the scene. Immediately after the incident, General Mkhwanazi mobilised maximum resources to track down and bring those responsible to book.

The team, comprising of detectives from Provincial Organised Crime Task Team, Crime Intelligence and the National Intervention Stabilisation Team, joined by Magma private security company worked around the clock on this case.

The team has since, between Monday, 18 July 2002 and 19 July 2022, arrested four suspects aged between 19 and 36 years.

The suspects were arrested in the area of Nhlazatshe in Pietermaritzburg. Two of the suspects were found in unlawful possession of a firearm with a total of 17 rounds of ammunition.

All four suspects are expected to appear before the Pietermaritzburg Magistrates’ Court.

The Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi has welcomed the arrest of the suspects. “I have commended the team and applauded them for tirelessly ensuring that those responsible for this massacre are brought to book”, said General Mkhwanazi.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service