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Police Minister Bheki Cele says a police tactical response team, Amabherethe, will be deployed in Soweto to assist local police after the fair Tavern shooting.
Over the weekend, 15 people were shot dead and at least nine others injured at a tavern in Orlando East, Soweto.
All of the dead and injured were over the age of 18 and the tavern operated within legal opening hours.
Cele spoke to parishioners on Monday about the tactic Das Strike team will retake the area from the thugs.
“Until you go to bed, the team will patrol the area. You must know, once I’ve deployed Amabherethe, you can’t ask me to collect them when they start their work. Once they arrive, it will be clear they are here,” he said.
Cele urged community members to work with the team to ensure patrols are appropriate
“We urge you to cooperate with them so they can patrol the area and protect the community. As you’ve heard, power outages in the area are a challenge that adds to the policing issues, so we’ll increase visibility and saturate the streets when the police take power back from the thugs,” he said.< /p>
< span>The minister said 135 spent AK-47 rounds were recovered at the scene along with rounds from smaller pistols and police are looking for five suspects, not two.
< span>Guest safety is the responsibility of tavern owners
On Sunday, ANC spokesman Pule Mabe said that security of the guests is the responsibility of the innkeepers and not the security group.
“The national security cluster does not protect taverns. The security cluster is not responsible for establishments that sell alcohol in villages and communities. Those running the facilities are expected to go the extra mile to protect their customers,” Mabe said.
“We must address gender-based violence and violence deal with crimes and suddenly we have to set up our own unit in the police service to take care of taverns. It’s not possible.”
He said it was worrying that recent deaths had occurred in shops selling alcohol.
“A week ago we had 21 young people die in the Enyobeni Tavern in the Eastern Cape. There are 15 in Soweto and there was one incident in KwaZulu-Natal. All these incidents happen in taverns. It’s a coincidence, but it must worry us.”
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