Elsies River community living in fear following mass shooting - resident

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato has confirmed four of the victims have since died, and the rest are recovering in hospital.

Residents from Leonsdale in Elsies River gathered to listen to Police Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN – An Elsies River father says the community is gripped by fear following a mass shooting.

Gert Layman’s 23-year-old son was one of the 13 people shot on Monday evening.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato has confirmed four of the victims have since died, and the rest are recovering in hospital.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and Plato visited the area on Thursday.

Mbalula says attacks on innocent people will not be tolerated in any community.

The police minister says getting illegal firearms off the streets is a priority.

“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, are guns that 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 in the hands of the criminals.”

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