Marizka Coetzer
4 minute read
11 Jul 2022
5:30 am

Tavern shootings: There is no law in South Africa

Marizka Coetzer

Community members say they don’t see a motive for cold-blooded massacre at Soweto tavern

Gauteng Forensic Pathology Service members collect evidence at the scene of the Emazulwini tavern shooting in Soweto that killed at least 15 people on 10 July 2022. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen

At least 39 people were gunned down in three different tavern shootings this weekend leaving up to 21 dead and 18 injured. The bloody weekend ended in Soweto where 23 people were shot, leaving 12 dead and 11 more injured inside the Emazulwini tavern in Orlando East, Soweto, in the early hours of Sunday morning. Three of the injured subsequently died, bringing the Soweto death toll to 15. The deceased were aged between 18 and 35 years old. On Saturday in Pietermaritzburg, two died at the scene of a tavern shooting. Eight more were wounded of which two subsequently died,...