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Orlando East tense, heavy police presence outside Nomzamo Tavern in wake of massacre

Fifteen people were shot dead after gunmen stormed the Mdlalose Tavern, a popular gathering place in the Nomzamo informal settlement in eastern Orlando.

PHOTO: Ntwaagae Seleka/News24

  • Police deployed to tense Orlando East.
  • Some are stationed at a pub where 15 people were shot dead over the weekend.
  • Additional shootings were reported in Katlehong and Pietermaritzburg over the weekend.

Orlando East was tense Monday after 15 patrons were shot dead at a local bar over the weekend.

A large contingent of police was dispatched to the area, and officers were stationed outside the pub.

Inside, two men were cleaning the establishment, and one of them was removing the drink advertisements posted on the wall outside.

Bloodstains could be seen outside the venue and the black sliding gate to the pub was riddled with bullets.

Gunmen stormed the Mdlalose Tavern in Nomzamo Park in the early hours of Sunday and opened fire, killing 15 patrons.

Pool players also frequented the facility. In fact, most of the victims were playing pool at the time of the weekend shooting.

The owner was not present when the incident occurred.

Police Minister Bheki Cele and his entourage are expected to visit the pub on Monday.

The incident comes after two people were killed at a pub in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni on Friday when gunmen randomly opened fire on patrons.

A shooting was also reported on Saturday in a pub in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.

Two weeks ago, 21 teenagers died in the Enyobeni pub in East London, Eastern Cape. The 12 girls and nine boys died mysteriously during and after the party at the Scenery Park venue.

On Sunday, ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe expressed concern over the number of deaths in establishments selling alcohol.


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Orlando East tense, heavy police presence outside Nomzamo Tavern in wake of massacre

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