Yet another mass shooting took place at a tuckshop in Savannah Park in Mariannhill, KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday night resulting in six people shot dead and two wounded.
According to police spokesperson Brigardier Jay Naicker, a group of unknown men emerged from the dark at around 7.30 pm and opened fire at people who were at the tuckshop, killing six men between the ages of 30 and 65 years old.
Another man was transported to the nearest hospital for medical attention after sustaining gunshot wounds.
“Initial investigations revealed that three of the deceased were the tuckshop owner as well as his two sons and one of the deceased’s who was waiting at the tuckshop to see a traditional healer, might have been the actual target of the hit,” says Naicker.
“This incident once again demonstrates our concern that firearms are contributing to the high levels of crime in the province and we are advocating for stricter regulations regarding the management of legal firearms as many of them end up being used by criminals. We will do everything within our control to bring these killers to book,” says KZN’s Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.
A manhunt is being mobilised for the killers.
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According to The Citizen, President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed concern over the recent mass shooting incidents in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, describing them as unacceptable and worrying.
In a statement issued earlier this month, Ramaphosa said the government, structures of civil society, and citizens must combine forces to closely work together in order to crack down on the illicit circulation of firearms; as well as to improve the current social and economic conditions in our communities.
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