As per authorities, a group of men arrived in a minibus taxi and opened fire on some of the patrons at the bar shortly after midnight Sunday.
Those who were injured were taken to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg.
According to Gauteng province police commissioner Lt. Gen. Elias Mawela, the number of cartridges found on the scene indicates that a group of people opened fire in the bar.
“The primary investigation suggests that these people were having a good time here, in a licensed tavern that was open during the right hours,” Mawela told the media.
“All of a sudden, they heard gunshots, and people tried to flee the tavern.” “At the moment, we don’t know what the motive was or why they were targeting these people,” he said.
“A high caliber firearm was used, and it was shooting randomly.” “You can see that everyone was trying to get out of the tavern,” Mawela noted.
According to him, the area where the shooting occurred was very dark, making it difficult to find people who could identify the suspects.
The attack was carried out with rifles and a 9 mm pistol, according to national police spokeswoman Col. Dimakatso Sello.
According to police, two men entered the tavern and opened fire on the patrons at random, killing two people on the scene and two more at the hospital. 8 other people are being treated in the hospital, police said.
“The team will work around the clock to find and bring those responsible for the shooting to justice,” said Kwazulu-Natal police commissioner Gen. Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.
The bar shootings come just two weeks after 21 teenagers were discovered dead in an East London tavern. Authorities have not yet announced the cause of those deaths, but the teens were not shot or crushed in a stampede, according to officials.