Melville shooting victim remains critical in hospital's ICU

Acting Gauteng premier Panyaza Lesufi, centre, MEC for community safety Faith Mazibuko and MEC for health Bandile Masuku at the Helen Joseph Hospital visiting victims of the New Year Melville shooting incident on January 3 2020.
Acting Gauteng premier Panyaza Lesufi, centre, MEC for community safety Faith Mazibuko and MEC for health Bandile Masuku at the Helen Joseph Hospital visiting victims of the New Year Melville shooting incident on January 3 2020.
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Acting Gauteng premier Panyaza Lesufi has expressed shock after the shootings in Melville and Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg, over New Year's.

He said preliminary police investigations did not link the two shootings.

Lesufi, accompanied by MEC for health Bandile Masuku and MEC for community safety Faith Mazibuko on Friday visited four patients from the Melville shooting who are being treated at Helen Joseph hospital.

One patient remains in ICU in a critical condition. According to Lesufi, the male patient was shot in the head.

“We are touched and worried from medical reports that we received from our hospitals regarding treatments they made from December 23 till yesterday. This is really a worrying point,” Lesufi said.

Commenting on the police investigation to find the shooter in the Melville case, he said: “They have assembled a strong team of investigators to crack down this case.”

Lesufi also extended appreciation for the outpouring of support received from all South Africans, adding it was heartwarming to see a united face of SA that was shown during the night vigil held in Melville on Thursday night.


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