Shooting in a suburb of Johannesburg: four dead

Johannesburg suburb shooting leaves four dead


A group of men were sitting around a fire and playing dice in a suburb of Johannesburg on Saturday evening when assailants arrived and opened fire, killing four of them, a- we learned from the police on Sunday. 

This attack comes precisely a week after shootings in two bars in South Africa, which left twenty dead, including sixteen, in a tavern in Soweto, near Johannbesurg, and where the attackers seem to have fired at random on the customers.

In Lenasia, a suburb located south of the South African economic capital, assailants fired on Saturday evening about these men playing on a street corner. They killed four of them and injured two others, police spokeswoman Masondo Mavela confirmed to AFP.

“They were sitting down, they were attacked for no apparent reason,” said commented on the spot Elias Mawela, the regional police chief, describing “another appalling crime scene”. 

An investigation has been opened. Shootings are common in South Africa, one of the most violent countries in the world, fueled by gang violence and alcohol.