A DAY of celebration turned into a day of tragedy. A couple lost their only son on their wedding day after a shooting left seven residents dead and five injured.
It’s alleged that a group of men came next door to a wedding, shot a man, his girlfriend and the couple’s son on Saturday at around 6 pm. They then started shooting randomly at residents.
“This was supposed to be a day of unity and all things beautiful but it has brought sadness and grief into our lives instead,” she said.
She said Philani Dlamini (28) was her only child.
“I was under the table and crying while the shooting was taking place,” she said.
When she came out from under the table, she saw her son’s lifeless body lying on the ground.
“I broke down,” she said.
“In a moment it turned into the worst day of my life. Not only did I lose my son but I also lost friends who left their homes to enjoy my special day with me.”
The groom, Prince Dlamini said his son was next door when the shooting started.
“He was with the family next door. We’re shocked and in pain,” said the devastated father.
He said he has no idea why these men started shooting.
Lucas Lekebe (50) who lost his 42-year-old niece said all he knows is that she was attending the wedding when she was shot.
“We all want answers. I want the people behind this to rot in jail,” said Lucas.
“Anyone who knew her would tell you that my niece was a respectful woman.
Residents said there were eight gunmen and not just one.
“The person who was standing next to me was also struck by a bullet and died. Bullets were coming from all directions. I’m grateful to be alive,” she said.
The Gauteng SAPS spokesman, Brigadier Brenda Muridili said it’s reported that a lone gunman entered a house and shot the owner and his girlfriend as well as a neighbour.
She said on the suspect’s way out, he is alleged to have continued to shoot randomly.
“The street was busy as there was a wedding celebration nearby. The police have registered a case of murder and attempted murder for investigation,” said Muridili.