The Gauteng Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Community Safety joins all peace-loving citizens across South Africa in condemning this past weekend’s brutal shooting and killing of 15 patrons at a tavern in Orlando, Soweto.

The Committee urges law enforcement officials to work around the clock and explore every lead for the speedy arrest of suspects, and that they face the full wrath of the law for the senseless and violent killings. The Committee believes that the safety of the people of Soweto and Gauteng in general is highly compromised whilst the alleged gunmen roam the streets freely.

Chairperson, Honourable Alphina Ndlovana said the Committee would receive reports from Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Honourable Faith Mazibuko and Provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela for details on the fateful incident at the Soweto tavern, as well as measures to prevent similar future occurrences.

She continued, “We call for a joint effort between Government law enforcement agencies and community safety structures to eradicate violence and crime and ensuring safety within communities they live in. We also call for the immediate enhancement of security measures at licenced public drinking places – in an effort to deter criminal activity.

“All sectors of society need to work together to prevent a confluence of criminality and violence in places where the public gather. We call on the public to come forward with any information which may assist the police to apprehend the suspects”, she said.

Meanwhile, the Committee sends heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased, as well as the community of Soweto at large.

For interview requests with the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee please contact:

Mr Thebe Khumalo on 072 266 1021 email: TKhumalo@gpl.gov.za

Source: Government of South Africa

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