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Commissioner condemns mass shootings in OR Tambo District

Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Nomthetheleli Mene condemns the senseless killings that took place in the OR Tambo District on the night of 1 February 2023.

In the first incident at about 20:00, unknown suspects entered a homestead in Thantseka location and fatally shot an elderly woman (62) and her 13-year-old grandson.

It is alleged that they then proceeded to the second house and shot and killed a 44-year-old woman. The deceased was the daughter of the elderly woman.

The motive for the senseless attack is unknown at this stage.

In a second unrelated incident, it is alleged that on Wednesday, 1 February at about 23:40, unknown gunmen entered a rondavel in Qunu and opened fire on seven people (four men and three women) between the ages 32 and 46 years.

All seven were fatally wounded.

The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation. As the investigation is at an early stage, it has not yet been established whether the two incidents are linked.

Police are on the hunt for suspects in both incidents.

Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects is urged to contact the Station Commander of SAPS Bityi, Lt Col Lindile Maqungwana on 079 696 0708.

Lt Gen Nomthetheleli Mene expressed her shock at such heinous attacks on innocent people. “A task team has been set-up to track, trace and arrest the culprits involved in both incidents,” added Lt Gen Mene.

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