President Ramaphosa calls for action after tavern shootings

The motives for both attacks are unknown.
Cyril Ramaphosa. Image: Bloomberg

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa urged security agencies to quickly bring the perpetrators of two separate incidents of mass gun violence in Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal to justice.

An attack early on Sunday morning in Soweto, the biggest black urban settlement in Africa, left 15 people dead and several others injured. A group of gunmen armed with rifles and 9mm pistols carried out the attack in a tavern, according to police statements.

In Pietermaritzburg, the second-largest city in the province of Kwazulu-Natal, two men shot at least 12 people in a tavern Saturday, leading to four deaths, the police said in a separate statement.

The motives for both attacks are unknown.

In a statement, Ramaphosa said every violent death “is unacceptable and worrying.” The president said more needed to be done to reduce violent crimes and the illicit circulation of firearms.

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