Social media fires blanks over drive-by shooting
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.