AT LEAST 14 people have died in a mass shooting at a bar in South Africa.

Gunmen opened fire "randomly" after bursting into a nightspot in Soweto, Johannesburg just after midnight.

The attackers then fled in a white Quantum Minibus.

Ten others have been injured, and three are fighting for their lives.

Teenagers are among the casualties.

It's understood no arrests have yet been made.

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Gauteng Police Commissioner Elias Mawela said this morning: "Primary investigations suggest the people were enjoying themselves in the tavern.

"They just came in and shot at them randomly."

Detectives are at the scene.

Mawela said: "It happened around 12.30am this morning.

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"Unfortunately, 12 died on the scene and another one died on arrival.

"The 14th [victim] also died after admission."

His detectives say the casualties are aged between 19 and 35, outlet ENCA reports.

Orlando police station commander Brigadier Nonhlanhla Kubeka said more information will be released soon.

Four people were also killed in a shooting at a Pietermaritzburg tavern in KwaZulu-Natal last night.


Eight others were rushed to hospital.

Two armed men in a VW Polo stormed into the tavern around 8.30pm before opening fire.

The double horror comes just a fortnight after 21 people died in a "poisoning" at a club in another South African city.

Bodies were found "strewn across tables and chairs" after the tragedy, which happened as students celebrated the end of their exams with a party.

There were "no visible injuries" to the bodies, which were discovered in Enyobeni Tavern in the coastal city of East London.

Unfortunately, 12 died on the scene and another one died on arrival. The 14th [victim] also died after admission

Early reports suggested the deaths may have been caused by a stampede.

However, the suggestion was quickly ruled out by Unathi Binqose, an Eastern Cape community and safety department official.

"It’s difficult to believe it’s a stampede as there are no visible open wounds to those dead," he said.

"Parents whose children did not sleep home are gathered here and they want to enter the tavern to look for their loved ones."

The youngest victim was a 13-year-old girl.

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Forensic pathologists have not yet concluded their reports.

However, it's believed the teens were killed by something they either inhaled or ingested.

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