Police are looking for suspects after nine people were killed in separate shootings in two South African provinces on Saturday night. The police gave this information on Sunday.
The murders come on the heels of a rise in violent deaths in the country with the world’s highest homicide rate.
Four people were shot and two others were injured in the Thembelihale informal settlement in Gauteng province. Preliminary investigations suggest a group of men were playing dice on a street corner at around 19:30 (1730 GMT) on Saturday when they were attacked by unidentified assailants, officials said in a statement.
“Four people were declared brought dead on the spot on Saturday, while two people were taken to the nearest medical care center after being shot,” police said.
In another incident, a 36-year-old man was also shot dead in Thembelihle, south of Johannesburg, he said.
Police said the reason for the firing could not be confirmed at this stage.
Meanwhile, in the Western Cape province, police have opened an investigation into the circumstances of last night’s triple murder in the Khayelitsha settlement. The fourth was an unrelated incident, Colonel André Trout said.
Eight suspects were arrested on Friday in a “random” separate shooting and robbery of six people in Johannesburg’s Alexandra Township on Thursday night, officials said.
It is not yet clear whether the suspects in the Alexandra shootings were in the same group that carried out all the murders.
Every year 20,000 people out of a population of about 60 million are murdered in South Africa.