Fifteen people have been shot dead at a tavern in Soweto.

It’s understood nine others have been wounded in the mass shooting which took place in the early hours of Sunday morning near the Nomzamo informal settlement.

Confirming the incident - Gauteng Police Commissioner, Elias Mawela said the unknown gunmen randomly opened fire at the patrons.

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"It happened around 12:30 this morning, unfortunately, 12 died on the scene and another one died on arrival at Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital and the 14th one also died after admission," said Mawela.

The shooting comes exactly two weeks after the tragic deaths of 21 people at a tavern in East London.