Police have confirmed that a manager of the well-known Vilakazi Street restaurant Sakhumzi was shot and killed during the early hours of Monday morning.

According to Gauteng Police spokesperson, Captain Kay Makhubele, the restaurant had closed for the evening and staff were busy cashing up when two men came to the entrance of the restaurant.

“The manager refused them entry and he was shot and died on the scene. The suspects fled.”

No arrests have yet been made.

Police are investigating and a manhunt is under way.

The restaurant was in the news earlier this month when it emerged as a big winner following lavish ANC birthday celebrations in Soweto.

The swanky eatery‚ a hit with tourists‚ raked in thousands of rands in alcohol bills and tips to waiters. Receipts of the drinking spree were posted on social media with many questioning the authenticity of the pieces of paper due to the extreme figures on them.

One of the receipts‚ which boasts expensive bottles of alcohol and soft drinks‚ has a total figure of R76‚191 which includes a R6‚926 tip for the waiter‚ the Sowetan newspaper reported. The order included bottles of 21-year-old Glenlivet scotch whiskey totalling R15‚300‚ bottles of Hennesy v.s.o.p totalling R13‚900‚ bottles of Moet & Chandon nectar which totalled R18‚850 and soft drinks and food were also on the menu.

A waiter who served the patrons on the list‚ Bheki Ndimande‚ said this was the biggest night in his two years with the restaurant. “I didn’t recognise anyone I was serving but they were very nice people and made my work very easy‚” he said.