President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his sympathy to the families of the people who died in the shooting at the Soweto pub early on Sunday morning.
Fifteen people have been pronounced dead after a shooting in the informal settlement of Nomzamo in Orlando West, Soweto. It is believed that the attackers came to the tap and fired indiscriminately.
Four people are also said to have died in Katlehong and Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, in similar circumstances.
Ramaphosa has expressed his sympathy to the families of the people who have lost their lives in these two incidents. He has wished the injured survivors a speedy recovery.
Vincent Magwenya, a spokesman for the presidency, has called on South Africans to join forces in the fight against violent crime.
“As governments and citizens in civil society, we must all work together and even more closely to improve social and economic conditions in societies. Reducing violent crime and eliminating the illegal distribution of firearms. Every single violent death is unacceptable and unreasonable. And killings on the scale we have seen in Soweto, Pietermaritzburg and formerly Khayelisha must protect us from a concerted effort to build communities and make SA an insecure place for criminals. “
“Leave no one untouched”
Gauteng Prime Minister David Makhura has condemned the shooting in Soweto. Makhura has urged the police not to let anyone track down the suspects.
“We have told the police in our district that they must look for the perpetrators of this heinous crime. For every crime committed in Gauteng, the police have done their best to catch them. And I have to say that we have been supporting police teams that have been dealing with all kinds of crimes. We have to keep going. “
Calls for reinforcement of gun rules
The South African Civil Liberties Union (SANCO) in Gauteng has called on the government to strengthen gun rules in the country.
Sanco Provincial spokesman Chris Malematja said: “We want to challenge the police with the help of the community to bring the perpetrators to justice. “It is very disappointing that in the new democratic South Africa, people can still make ambush on people who are not doing anything wrong, who are just enjoying themselves.”
“We call on the Minister of Police to strengthen the rules on these illegal guns and we ensure that those who are found with illegal guns receive harsh sentences. We also want to talk to those who run pubs to ensure that they have good security that can protect those who go there in their leisure time, “Malematja adds.
Watch out for clashes between communities following the Soweto tap shooting:
A shooting at a pub in Pietermaritzburg
At the same time, the Sweetwaters community in Pietermaritzburg is in shock as a result brutal murder of four in a pub Saturday night. Eight others are fighting for their lives in hospital.
Plesseslier Police Station has the third largest number of homicides in the district.
Brother Mfanafuthi Dlamini is among the dead. He was with his brother when the shooting took place.
“Someone came and started firing and when I heard the gunshots I hid under the table because I did not know what was happening. Later, after a shooting, I saw people on the floor and one of them was my brother inside. We drove him to the hospital but sadly died on arrival at the hospital.
“I did not see anyone arguing but I only heard shots. I am very scared and shocked and I think I will never go there again. “
President Ramaphosa sends condolences to the families of the victims – SABC News
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