Ramaphosa condemns criminals behind tavern shootings

President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressly condemned the shootings at various taverns in the country, which left scores dead.

It was a bloody weekend in the country as three separate shootings at three separate taverns took place in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.


The President expressed condolences and sympathies to those affected by the shootings.

15 people were shot dead at a Soweto tavern. Four are murdered at a tavern in Pietermaritzburg and two people were shot dead at a Katlehong tavern.

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But Ramaphosa urges security agencies and communities to work together to bring the perpetrators of the attacks to book.

“As a nation, we cannot allow violent criminals to terrorise us in this way, regardless of where such incidents may occur. As government, citizens and structures of civil society, we must all work together even more closely to improve social and economic conditions in communities. We must reduce violent crime and stamp out the illicit circulation of firearms,” the President said on Sunday.

Four people were killed during a shooting in Pietermaritzburg at the weekend. PHOTO: Twitter/@1KZNtvNews


On behalf of the Gauteng provincial government, Premier David Makhura extended his condolences to the families of the deceased. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

He said as a provincial government, the fatal shootings brought shock, sadness and concern by the “brutal assassination” of innocent people.

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“We cannot allow incidents like this where innocent people are killed like animals. This kind of behaviour has no place in this provine.”

The shooting at Nomzamo Informal Settlement in Orlando East, Soweto, left 15 people dead. 13 died at the scene while the other two died in hospital. Eight people suffered injuries.

According to Makhura, a group of armed men arrived at the tavern in the early hours of the morning. They carried rifles and 9mm pistols and started shooting randomly at the tavern’s customers.

In Katlehong, two people were killed and four injured when gun-wielding men fired shots at those playing snooker in the tavern.

“We condemn in the strongest terms possible the senseless killing of so many people. We call on the law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned to ensure that the perpetrators are arrested and brought to book,” said Makhura.

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