At approximately 2300 local time (2100 UTC) on 9 July 2022, unidentified gunmen opened fire on patrons at the Orlando East tavern in the Soweto township of Johannesburg city. Police officers stated that the perpetrators shot indiscriminately at nightclub patrons before fleeing in a white van. At least 15 people were killed in the shooting and eight more were wounded. Separately, another shooting occurred at a bar in Pietermaritzburg city, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal province, at approximately 2030 local time. Two gunmen randomly shot at people in the bar and fled the scene. Four people were killed and eight more were injured. Authorities have launched an investigation to determine possible motives for the attacks.