Police responded to an incident of shooting in Riverlea and nearby Zamimpilo Informal Settlement. At the scene and during the investigation police discovered five bodies with gunshot wounds.
Preliminary investigation suggests that two rival groups of the illegal miners were shooting at each in the area, and that led to the death of five people. Police have deployed members from the Tactical Response Team and Public Order Policing to monitor the area.
A case of murder, with five counts, has been opened.
Police are appealing to anyone who might have information that can help in the investigation or assist in the apprehension of the suspects to please call the nearest police station or call crime stop on 08600 10111.