IPID suspect shot police

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Mpumalanga soccer match turns deadly after mid-match argument

An argument over a soccer match in Mpumalanga turned into a bloodbath that left two dead and a vehicle torched in a hospital parking lot.

IPID suspect shot police

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A soccer match in Mpumalanga turned deadly over the weekend when an argument between two teams led to two shooting incidents.

Mpumalanga police confirmed that an investigation into the shootings is underway with the source of the violence being a soccer match near Barberton.

An argument between two teams spilled over into violence and multiple shots were fired at the game itself.

Soccer match turns deadly in Mpumalanga

After two cars brought gun shot victims to the Barberton Provincial Hospital, an armed group reportedly torched the car of one of the men, then proceeded to shoot the driver, who later died.

Mpumalanga police Spokesperson, Colonel Donald Mdhluli said that no arrests had been made at this time.

“We are now investigating a case of murder and malicious damage to property. We are also investigating two cases of attempted murder. As we speak, no one has been arrested but we will keep the public informed when we arrest the suspects.”


Mpumalanga MEC for health Sasekani Manzini condemned the violent attack on provincial hospital grounds.

Officials condemn violent vigilantism

The MEC confirmed that an armed mob descended upon the hospital on Saturday determined to mete out their own justice.

“On arrival, they found the gate locked and they jumped over the palisade fence and went to the casualty ward. Fortunately, casualty security door was locked and police were already inside. They could not get access and went to the parking area and shot the driver, who was escorting one of the victims. The group also set his car alight,” Manzini said.

“We condemn the incident, the Mpumalanga department of health calls on the community to refrain from attacking patients who are admitted in our hospitals.

“It is very sad that our people resolve to taking the law into their hands. It is also not acceptable that our people now force their entry into our health facilities and seek revenge. This incident has seriously affected the staff and patients in Barberton hospital. We want to plead with our communities that they should not enter our health facilities and seek revenge as this endanger the lives of our staff and patients.” 

“We want to thank the South African Police Services for their swift response on the incident and for handling the situation well. They ensured there’s no staff member that was affected,” Manzini added. 

Police presence at the hospital has been ramped up in the wake of the disturbing incident.