A video has gone viral on social media which showed taxi drivers firing their guns in the air during a cleansing ceremony for one of their own.
Motorists near Eastgate, Johannesburg, were left horrified on Wednesday as they were drove into what sounded like a war zone.
A video has made its way on social media which showed the cleansing ceremony of a late taxi driver. Family and friends of the driver showed up and discharged their firearms in the air.
Social media users pointed out there were two JMPD officers present who just stood by as they taxi drivers broke the law.
JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar has since spoken up about the incident, revealing the two officers were tasked with blocking traffic lanes for a cleansing ceremony.
He added no arrests were made but the JMPD does not condone the illegal firing of guns in a public place, the Daily Sun reported. Minnaar added they have launched an investigation into the incident.
South Africans were not impressed by the footage and they took to social media to share their views on it.
Khothatso Manana commented: "This is nonsense. No African culture tradition calls for gun shots as cleansing."
Uvane Coetzee added: "Wait a minute isn't it illegal to discharge a weapon in public.... O wait its their brothers in arms."
Gaffy Lomane wrote: "What did they do before guns were introduced to them? Tossing up spears?"
Take a look at the video below:
The firing of guns at funerals are becoming more and more common in South Africa. Briefly.co.za previously reported about another video which was filmed in February.
The footage showed taxi drivers shooting their guns in the air as spinners spun in honour of another fallen taxi owner.
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