Maimane Phiri

Two people, including the gunman, have died in a shooting at a pub in Alexandra which also involved ex-Bafana Bafana midfielder Maimane Phiri.

Gunman, patron DIE in shooting of Bafana Bafana’s Maimane Phiri

Two people, including the gunman, have died in a shooting at a pub in Alexandra which also involved ex-Bafana Bafana midfielder Maimane Phiri.

Maimane Phiri

Two people, including the gunman, have died in a shooting at a pub in Alexandra which also involved ex-Bafana Bafana midfielder Maimane Phiri.

Former Bafana Bafana international Maimane Phiri sustained serious injuries after being shot twice in an incident at his tavern in Alexandra on Thursday night.

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According to reports, Maimane Phiri was shot in the hand and leg.

The former midfielder was involved in a tense situation around 19:00 when one of his pub’s patrons got into a heated argument with another man before pulling out a gun.

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The armed man proceeded to shoot Maimane Phiri and two other people he had been arguing with before turning the weapon on himself.

“Police have opened a case of murder, attempted murder and an inquest docket after a man allegedly shot three people and shot himself in Alexandra on Thursday, 30 December 2021, at approximately 19:00,” SAPS spokesperson Lt Col Mavela Masondo said in a statement, as quoted by TimesLIVE.

“It is reported that the suspect was carrying a firearm chasing his girlfriend in a tavern in Alexandra.

“The owner of a tavern and another man tried to stop the suspect. The suspect shot the tavern owner in the arm and lower body and shot the other man on the upper body before turning the gun on himself.

“All three men were taken to hospital. The suspect and the other man died in hospital while the tavern owner was admitted in a serious but stable condition.”

Maimane Phiri, 47, is reported to be in a stable condition at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.

WHO IS MAIMANE PHIRI? 8 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW:

1. Phiri was born in Alexandra on 22 June 1974

2. He played for Jomo Cosmos for a year between 1994 and 1995

3. Phiri spent six seasons in Turkey playing for Gençlerbirliği, Vanspor, Samsunspor

4. Upon his return from Turkey, Phiri played for Jomo Cosmos, Ajax Cape Town, Moroka Swallows (twice) and SuperSport United

5. He initiated the MAP Games which is a tournament played annually in Alexandra

6. Phiri owns a pub in Alexandra

7. He won 13 caps for Bafana Bafana and scored twice between 1998 and 2002

8. Phiri was part of the Bafana Bafana squad that represented South Africa at the 1998 Soccer World Cup in France