Elsies River residents demand action after mass shooting

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and Western Community Safety MEC Dan Plato visited the area on Thursday.

FILE: Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Elsies River residents have called on the Police Minister to ensure the perpetrators of a mass shooting in the area are arrested and dealt with.

Minister Fikile Mbalula and Western Community Safety MEC Dan Plato visited the area on Thursday after 13 people were shot there earlier this week.

Plato has confirmed four of the victims have died and numerous others are being treated in hospital.

Elsies River residents are angry following the mass shooting which they say targeted innocent people.

A resident called for action.

"What's happening here is too much. We want the minister to give us a hearing because our children are dying!"

Mbalula addressed the crowd and promised gangsterism would be dealt with.

"We are going to work very hard to ensure there is peace in this area."

Residents say they will wait to see whether action will be taken as they're tired of listening to empty promises.

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A teenager has described how he and others pleaded with two gunmen not to shoot at them during the attack.

The 18-year-old survivor says he lay on the ground, praying the shooting would stop.

“I screamed to let them know I’m not a gangster, but I didn’t see the shooting.”

Mbalula said attacks on innocent people would not be tolerated in any community.

“Our aim is to ensure that we get those illegal firearms and destroy them. Our worry is that some of the guns that are found belong to our police and the question that worries us is that we need to correct the system, so that the guns that belong to the police do not end up at the hands of the criminals.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)