So­cial me­dia fires blanks over drive-by shooting

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - ROBIN ADAMS

PEO­PLE watched in hor­ror as youths on a pave­ment in Elsies River were gunned down in a drive-by shooting.

The in­ci­dent, caught on video, was shared on so­cial me­dia this week. A new video sur­faced 24 hours later. Again fea­tur­ing the same vic­tims, the same gun­man and the same worse-for-wear metal­lic green VW Golf.

This time though, the shooter ex­plained that the video had been made in an at­tempt to show the dan­gers of gang­ster­ism to teenagers on the Cape Flats.

It was all an act. The clip, which has now also gone vi­ral, was shared on so­cial me­dia tens of thou­sands of times in just a few days. Ev­ery­one was in on it.

“This is how we shoot drive­bys. No one died,” ex­plained the lead ac­tor in Afrikaans. “It was a play, for young­sters who are con­sid­er­ing gang­ster­ism. It’s not worth it. We just wanted to show how quickly you could die.”

Po­lice spokesper­son An­dre Traut con­firmed to In­de­pen­dent Me­dia yes­ter­day that his of­fice was aware that it had been staged. He added: “Any ini­tia­tive to bring down vi­o­lence on the Cape Flats is wel­comed by the po­lice. But we would like to sen­si­tise the com­mu­nity (that) be­fore you share in­for­ma­tion as news, try and ver­ify the facts. It cre­ates panic in the com­mu­ni­ties and we don’t need that.”

A video clip of a drive-by shooting in Elsies River, which went vi­ral, turned out to be a staged anti-gang­ster­ism play.

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