Four men behind Tavern massacre remanded in custody

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Tebogo Msimanga |

KwaZulu Natal Police 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.

KwaZulu Natal spokesperson Colonel Nqobile Gwala said the team, comprising of detectives from the 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 yesterday the 19th, 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”.

The four appeared before the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate court. They are remanded in custody until 28 July 2022 for a formal bail application.

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