Rustenburg -

The salary of a North West official who shot dead a colleague and then himself had been stopped before the shooting, the public safety department said on Wednesday.

Spokesman Ben Bole said chief housing inspector Serame Moirapula had not been reporting for duty since the beginning of this year,

“In view of the foregoing, the department had no option but to freeze his salary for May 2014 informed by... the Public Service Act,” Bole said in a statement.

Moirapula opened fire on his colleagues on Thursday, killing newly appointed administration officer Aubrey Kgaladi, and wounding three others. He then killed himself.

“We had three colleagues who got seriously injured and two who got admitted to hospital and were discharged on Saturday,” said Bole.

The wounded were cleaner Veronica Mosala, assistant director in the economic development department's compliance and enforcement unit Sehularo Matsobane, and deputy director in housing development Leshoe Phenyo. Phenyo was treated for head injuries by a private doctor.

Police were investigating the shooting.

Bole said the two would be buried at different funeral services on Saturday - Kgaladi in Mmabatho and Moirapula in Lomanayaneng.

The department would provide support to the bereaved families and counselling to staff. - Sapa