South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said a scuffle broke out between four men at a tavern in Shabalala Trust, Hazyview at approximately 6:30.
“One of the men is said to have then fired some shots at the three men as well as torched two vehicles, a VW Golf and an Isuzu bakkie before he fled the scene,” said Mohlala.
One of the victims died at the scene, the other two were rushed to a hospital for medical treatment for their gunshot wounds.
The police have opened murder and arson cases along with two attempted murder dockets. The investigation will also look into whether the tavern was operating lawfully.
Mpumalanga police commissioner Lieutenant-General Semakaleng Manamela said tavern owners must take responsibility and help ensure the environment is safe for their patrons by checking for weapons.
“There are regulations put in place for liquor businesses and these controlling measures should be adhered to by all operators in order to prevent similar incidents like these. Be as it may, the law should take its course,” said Manamela.
Members of the public with information that could assist the police’s investigation are encouraged to contact Crime Stop at 08600-10111.