A birthday party ended in tears after eight people were killed by gunmen who randomly started shooting at the guests.
Among those who died is the person whose birthday was being celebrated.
According to the South African police the mass shooting occurred in the southern port city of Gqeberha, formerly Port Elizabeth over the weekend.
"The owner of the house was celebrating his birthday when two unknown gunmen entered the yard" on Sunday evening "and started shooting at the guests," police said in a statement.
The gunmen "randomly shot at guests," police said, adding "eight people died while three others are still fighting for their lives in hospital. The homeowner is among the deceased".
The motive of the attack is yet unknown.
Nomthetheleli Mene, the provincial police chief for the Eastern Cape Province, condemned the killings as "a blatant disregard for human life".
An investigation has been launched into the attack and police said a manhunt for the perpetrators was underway.