- The four suspects in connection with the Sweetwater's tavern shooting in Pietermaritzburg appeared in court
- At least 12 people were shot, eight of them were admitted to hospital and four were killed in the deadly incident
- KwaZulu-Natal Police Spokesperson Nqobile Gwala said they are investigating charges of murder and attempted murder
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KWAZULU-NATAL - The four suspects who were arrested in connection with the Pietermaritzburg tavern shooting are set to appear in court on Wednesday, 20 July. At least 12 people were shot, and eight of them were admitted to hospital.
The four allegedly stormed into the Sweet Waters tavern and opened fire on patrons. According to eNCA, the motive for the shooting is still under investigation.
The National Prosecuting Authority’s KwaZulu-Natal Spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara told Briefly News that Bonginkosi Zaca, Thembinkosi Malevu, Melizwe Mjwara and Sabelo Mabaso appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court.
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“They face four counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder, possession of a prohibited firearm and possession of ammunition,” she said.
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Ramkisson-Kara added that the matter was remanded to Thursday, 28 July, for the bail application and further investigations.
KwaZulu-Natal Police Spokesperson Nqobile Gwala said the suspects fled the scene soon after the incident. The deceased are aged between 30 and 45. She told EWN that charges of murder and attempted murder had been opened.
South Africans weigh in on the arrest of the suspects:
“Seems like KZN police do their work very well.”
“Well done saps! Question is? What consequences are those killers going to face, except being kept in a safe place called prison, served with meals that most people can’t afford with R350, do they really have anything to lose?”
“How many firearms were legal?”
“These killings won’t stop especially when police keep arresting the wrong people like they are doing now.”
KZN Liquor Board suspends Pietermaritzburg Tavern’s liquor licence following shooting, SA angered
In a related matter, Briefly News also reported the owner of the Samkelisiwe Tavern had his liquor license revoked by the KwaZulu-Natal Liquor Authority. Four people were shot and killed at the Pietermaritzburg tavern over the weekend.
The decision to suspend his licence came after an investigation revealed that the licence holder did not meet the security requirements indicated in the regulations. According to News24, his licence will be suspended for a period of three months or until the owner meets the conditions.
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Source: Briefly News