Three women were rushed to Cecilia Makiwane Hospital after an off-duty police officer Warrant Officer Thobela Gungutha opened fire at a group of friends before turning the gun on himself.
Gungutha,47, was himself rushed to hospital alongside the victims after he shot himself in the head. One of the women is his girlfriend, according to Mdantsane police spokesman Captain Nkosikho Mzuku.
The incident took place in front of horrified patrons at Micano Tavern in NU15 on Sunday evening. Mzuku said a Z88 semi-automatic service pistol, a magazine and 11 rounds of ammunition were found scattered around the critically wounded bodies of the victims.
While Mzuku said the police are still investigating the motive behind the act, jealous rage is believed to be the driving force behind the attack.
The incident has drawn a high-level police investigation involving the national office of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) and the provincial police.