Two people arrested following shootings in bars in South Africa

Two people arrested following shootings in bars in South Africa South


Authorities in Pretoria announced on Monday the arrest of two individuals in connection with one of the two shootings that engulfed South Africa over the weekend. 

A total of 19 people died after unknown assailants opened fire in the night from Saturday to Sunday, at random, on the customers of two bars, one in Soweto, in the suburbs of Johannesburg ( 15 dead), the other in Pietermaritzburg, in Zulu country, in the east (4 dead).

In a press release announcing the two arrests without further details, the Ministry of the Interior indicates that is a “first step in bringing to account those who staged the country's deadliest weekend.”

Ministry spokeswoman Lirandzu Themba, told AFP that, for the police, the two people arrested are “linked” to the Pietermaritzburg massacre, perpetrated, according to testimony, by two men.

The shooting in Soweto It was allegedly committed by “several shooters” armed with AK-47 assault rifles, according to the first elements of the investigation.

Shootings are frequent in South Africa, one of the most violent countries world, fueled by gang violence and alcohol, but the indiscriminate nature of the two weekend killings baffles investigators.

These violent deaths are “unacceptable and disturbing” and “we cannot allow violent criminals to terrorize us in this way,” South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a statement on Sunday.