Tuckshop where 7 people were shot dead was selling beer illegally, young robber kills 5 more people


The tuck shop where seven people were killed in an apparent hit in Marianhill, west of Durban, on Saturday was selling alcohol illegally.

The KwaZulu-Natal Liquor Authority (KZNLA) said in a statement yesterday the Siqhophokazi Tuckshop was unlicensed and trading illegally.

Seven people died when gunmen opened fire on them.

Police said a group of armed men killed six men aged between 30 and 65 years, while a seventh person died in hospital yesterday.

Initial investigations revealed three of the dead included the tuck shop owner and his two sons while a fourth man, who was waiting to see a traditional healer, might have been the target of the hit. liquor authority said it was aware of another shooting in the King Cetshwayo district on Wednesday, where two people were shot dead and two others injured.

It suspended operations at Samukelisiwe tavern in Pietermaritzburg, where four patrons died in a shooting earlier this month.

“Investigations unveiled that both premises are unlicensed and are trading in liquor illegally. ”

Five more people have died in another shooting incident in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi has confirmed.

“It is [the] second shooting in the same evening in the same area. Seven people died here and not far from here, another five died in another shooting incident,” Mkhwanazi, who visited Marianhill yesterday, told eNCA.

Around 7.30pm on Saturday, six people were shot and killed when a group of unknown gunmen opened fire at tuckshop in Marianhill, west of Durban. The seventh person died in hospital.

According to Police Minister Bheki Cele, preliminary investigations into the tuckshop shooting suggest the suspects were targeting two or three people. He said the other victims were at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Mkhwanazi said the other incident was revenge. “It was a youngster apparently who tried to rob people [but] they beat him up so he went home to regroup. He came back to attack the other five and then he shot and killed them. So that was more of [an act] of revenge.”

He said these shootings highlighted the issue of illegal firearms in SA, which needed to be addressed. “It’s all firearms which shows us that there is really a problem with regard to the access to firearms in the country, especially in KZN.

More than 35 people were killed in tavern-related violence in July.

In July, 16 people were killed and seven injured in Soweto, while four were killed and eight wounded in Pietermaritzburg.

Four suspects were arrested in connection with the Pietermaritzburg shooting, which took place at the Samkelisiwe Tavern in Sweetwaters after two were initially nabbed by the police, but later released due to lack of evidence.

In other incidents, five people were shot dead in Thembelihle informal settlement and six others died in an armed robbery in Alexandra. Two people were also fatally shot and seven wounded at a tavern in GaRankuwa, north of Pretoria.

Meanwhile, two people died at the Mputlane Inn in Katlehong after four unknown gunmen fired shots aimed at a snooker table on 8 July.

On 11 July, three suspects wearing balaclavas approached a 33-year-old man and shot him twice at the Monaco tavern in Mamelodi, Pretoria.

The shootings came after 21 teenagers died at the Enyobeni tavern in East London, Eastern Cape in July.

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