Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
3 minute read
2 Jan 2020
6:00 am

‘They died right next to me’

Bernadette Wicks

Veteran actor Mortimer Williams speaks from his hospital bed about the horror of a Melville drive-by shooting during New Year's celebrations that claimed the lives of two women.

Policemen intervene at the scene where two women were killed when a man opened fire on a popular restaurant in the Melville district of Johannesburg in the early hours of January 1, 2020. Picture: Jamaine KRIGE / AFP

Veteran South African actor and performer Mortimer Williams – who was among those injured in the mass shooting in Melville, Johannesburg, early yesterday morning – has recounted the harrowing experience which saw eight people gunned down, with two losing their lives. At about 1am, patrons seeing in the new year at the popular Poppy’s restaurant came under fire, allegedly from a gunman or gunmen in a black BMW SUV. Two women were declared dead at the scene. “They died right next to me,” Williams told The Citizen yesterday. Williams – who has starred in a number of local shows including...