Three people were shot dead and another one died in a hospital after gunshots were fired in KwaMashu township, north of South Africa's Durban, police said on Wednesday.
Five more people with gunshot wounds were rushed to a clinic, said Robert Netshiunda, a police spokesperson in the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal.
"It is reported that at least 20 armed suspects stormed into the hostel and opened fire to the victims," he said in a statement.
Police said they were investigating the murder cases.
South Africa has one of the world's highest murder rates, with around 20,000 people killed every year out of a population of 60 million.
On Sunday, gunmen killed eight people and wounded three others in a different mass shooting, police said.
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