It is a scene of war that the Minister of Police describes. “More than 130 empty AK-47 cartridges were found, which shows that these people were determined at kill,” Bheki Cele explained in front of the Soweto tavern the day after the massacre that left 15 people dead and several injured. None of the five assailants have been found and the motive for the shooting remains unknown. The same evening in a tavern in Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu-Natal, another shooting perpetrated by two men made 4 dead.
These two killings led the police to draw the same conclusions. “We have a problem with the proliferation of firearms,” admitted the provincial commissioner, Elias Mawela. “We didn’t have so many murders in the past but now we are showing our worst face because of the high homicide rate,” lamented the lieutenant general.