Mzansi celebs have been weighing in on a fatal shooting that took place at a Braamfontein liquor outlet on Monday involving two law enforcement officers. A video of the incident in which a member of the Johannesburg metro police department (JMPD) was allegedly gunned down by a police officer has been circulating on social media, opening up debates about violence involving guns.
Nadia Nakai: Terrified by Desensitization
Taking to her Twitter timeline, rapper Nadia Nakai said she was terrified by how people close to the scene were seemingly not scared. “That video of the man getting shot outside a club in Braam, the thing is, I didn’t hear screams and mayhem after the shots were fired. It’s like everyone, including the person taking the video, is desensitised. That scares me,” she tweeted.
Sol Phenduka: A Teachable Moment
Kaya 959 DJ and podcaster Sol Phenduka said the incident needed to be a teachable moment. “Physically fighting a total stranger is wild behaviour. What if he is a hardened criminal fresh from prison or a really dangerous person? What if they have a gun? What if he’s just a mad man, ready to kill ? So many what ifs. People really gamble with their lives,” he wrote.
Speaking to TimesLIVE on Tuesday, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate confirmed it was investigating the murder. “Ipid is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death,” said Ipid spokesperson Robbie Raburabu. He said no-one had been arrested. “The case will be investigated before any arrests follow.”
That video of the man getting shot outside a club in Braam… the thing is I didn’t hear screams and mayhem after the shots were fired! It’s like everyone including the person taking the video is desensitised. That scares me.
— BRAGGA (@Nadia_nakai) June 27, 2023
Argue it in court baba. Mans was aggressive with a weapon in hand & approaching. https://t.co/DoCUAF2eK0
— Sizwe Dhlomo (@SizweDhlomo) June 27, 2023
Physically fighting a total stranger is wild behaviour . What if he is a hardened criminal fresh from prison or just a really dangerous person . What if they have a gun ? What if he’s just a mad man , ready to kill ? So many what ifs .
People really gamble with their lives
— Solomzi Thandubuntu (@Solphendukaa) June 27, 2023
This is not Murder. As clearly evidenced in the video – the guy in white, is armed, he’s screaming for the other guy to do something, situation is escalating – he’s becoming physical with both of them. Nah- the guy in the car made a call, to close the matter. 💔 sad but justified https://t.co/wNK5zhZa38
— Warras (@Shady_Lurker) June 27, 2023