Groom and four others shot and killed after a traditional wedding ceremony

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Groom and four others shot and killed in a traditional wedding ceremony

‘Till death do us part’ took on a different meaning when eleven people, including a groom, were brutally gunned down at two unrelated weddings in SA.

Groom and four others shot and killed after a traditional wedding ceremony

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In the latest wedding shooting, a groom and four other people were shot and killed during the conclusion of a traditional wedding ceremony in the Eastern Cape.


According to police spokesperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana, police have launched a manhunt for the shooters. 

“According to the information, on Friday, 22 October 2021, the family had a traditional wedding engagement ceremony for one of the deceased. The report further suggests that the family gathered again on Saturday to wrap up and conclude the ceremony.

“It is alleged that while the five deceased men aged between 30 and 50 were sitting in one of the rondavels in the homestead, unidentified male suspects appeared and started shooting and killing all of them at the scene. They thereafter disappeared without a trace. The number of the suspects is also unknown.” 

Kinana said the motive for the shooting and killings is not known at this stage. The police have registered five murder cases for investigation. 

“No arrest has been made at this stage. Major General Dladla has ordered the establishment of a special task team of capable investigators to trace, track and arrest the culprits. 

“A 72-hour mobilization plan has also been activated in order to rally all the necessary resources for a possible speedy arrest of the suspects.”

Anyone with information that will lead to the arrest of the suspects is kindly requested to please make contact with Katkop Police Station or call the investigating officer Colonel Mtshiyo at 071 475 2292 or dial 08600 10111.

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Meanwhile, at another wedding on the West Rand, a lone gunman caused mayhem on Saturday as he randomly opened fire in a busy street in Kagiso where a wedding was being celebrated.

The gunman killed six people and injured four others in his path of destruction.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Brenda Muridili said the police in Gauteng can, at this stage can confirm a shooting incident that left six people dead, four men and two women in Kagiso, West Rand District.

She said three men and one woman were injured.

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