The guests who were shot dead in the early hours of Sunday at Mdlalose’s Tavern in Orlando East, Soweto, were all over the age of 18.
This was also confirmed by Gauteng Premier David Makhura, who said, that the tavern in the informal settlement of Nomzamo operated within the legal opening hours.
Police initially reported that 14 people died and 10 were taken to hospital for treatment after the shooting, but later confirmed that a 15 Victim later succumbed to his injuries.
“People were there doing what people do on the weekends, which is enjoying themselves. They say a white Quantum (taxi) arrived at the scene packed with people using automatic firearms to shoot at innocent people.
“The MEC and Provincial Commissioner confirmed this at the time of the shooting, it was between the hours of operation that their license allowed them to observe,” he said.
Makhura said on the sidelines of the 14th Gauteng ANC Provincial Conference that lawlessness would do so will not be tolerated.
TimesLIVE reported that a gang of men armed with automatic rifles and 9mm pistols entered the tavern and allegedly opened fire on unsuspecting patrons.
< p>Police spokesman Col Dimakatso Sello said police had launched a manhunt for the suspects after the shooting.
“23 people were shot dead, 12 of whom were pronounced dead at the scene, while 11 were taken to a nearby hospital. Two others were later pronounced dead in hospital.”
TimesLIVE also reported that four people died in a mass shooting at a tavern in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday night.
The shootings continue for two weeks after the Enyobeni tragedy that left 21 minors dead in Scenery Park, east London.
Makhura, who will visit the injured on Sunday, said: “Police are doing their work and is operational on the trail of those involved and all we can say now is that all law enforcement officers in Gauteng are doing everything they can to track down the perpetrators of this heinous crime and we want them to hold them accountable /p
He offered his condolences to the bereaved and said he is praying for those who are in critical condition.
“This morning I met with [Community Security] MEC Faith Mazibuko and the Provincial Gauteng spoken to Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, who informed me about what happened in the informal settlement of Nomzamo, where people were shot.
“Ten of them were hospitalized, and at that time the 14th person was in the Hospital they were taken to died…”
Makhura said last night the police were conducting their usual security operations and Mawela was in Kagiso when the incident happened.
“One of the systematic focuses of the criminal operations, especially on weekends, has focused on illegal operations of establishments, and I can say that Mdlalose’s Tavern is a legitimately operated establishment.
“We know that the problem of basic security and essentially the collapse and failure of basic security law enforcement throughout the province. We have illegal firearms and this is a major concern.
“[The Tavern] is a legally operating facility. They were within operating hours and the people who were there I was assured this morning by the MEC and the Provincial Commissioner that the people were between the ages of 19, which is the legal drinking age,” Makhura told the ANC a major concern in Gauteng.
“We want to make it very clear that the police in this province cannot rest. Any crime committed in this province must be prosecuted, and the perpetrators must know that they will suffer the consequences of their evil deeds.”
Makhura said some of the injured are in critical condition. “They told me that two other people are in a very bad condition. We pray they heal and survive but they told me more people are critical so the number may increase.”
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