Gqeberha security guard shot in the head by a group of 10 attackers

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Mpumalanga murder-suicide: Prison warder shoots friend then himself

Mpumalanga police have also expressed concern over the violation of lockdown regulations at a tavern in Barberton, where a man is alleged to have shot his friend before turning the gun on himself

Gqeberha security guard shot in the head by a group of 10 attackers

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Mpumalanga has opened a case of murder and an inquest into the deaths of two men at a tavern in Barberton on Sunday, 4 April 2021.

Police allege that one of the victims, a Correctional Services official, had been out with a friend, and in possession of a firearm. At some point, he took out the gun then shot his friend, before pulling the trigger on himself.

“According to information, today a group of people were at a certain tavern in Barberton, including an official working for the Department of Correctional Services who was with his friend. It is said that the official was in possession of his private firearm at the time. He then allegedly shot his friend before turning the gun on himself. Police as well as the paramedics were notified about the incident and upon arrival, the two were certified dead by the medical personnel at the scene,” said SAPS spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli.

Motive into Mpumalanga tavern shooting still not known – Police

Mpumalanga police are yet to determine the full extent of the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“A case of murder was opened and an inquest is also being investigated as well to probe the deaths. The two men have already been identified by their families as Ralph Hlophe who was a prison warder and Chris Mkhonto. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this stage,” Mdhluli further said.

Authorities have also expressed concern over the disregard for some of the lockdown regulations at the scene of the crime, and has launched an investigation to look into the matter.

“The management of police in the province is very much concerned about the disregard of Disaster Management Regulations by some members of the public, including certain owners of liquor outlets who continue to undermine the law that have been made to prevent loss of lives,” he said.

“A probe is underway to also look at how a firearm was permitted at the said liquor outlet as well as circumstances surrounding the tavern being opened during the time when the incident occurred. Drastic actions will definitely be taken against those who will be found to have violated the regulations without fear or favour”

SAPS spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli