South African police retrieved more than 130 spent AK-47 cartridges from the scene of Sunday’s gun attack that killed 15 people and injured others.
Speaking to journalists on Monday, Police Minister Bheki Cele said he doesn’t believe the attack was a terrorist operation, but pledged that no effort would be spared in the hunt to find the killers.
“It was a group of people involved. We will find their motive when we find them. They intended to come here and do the damage they did,” Cele said.
According to the Gauteng Provincial Government, gunmen armed with rifles and 9mm pistols stormed the Orlando East tavern in the early hours of Sunday morning and started firing randomly at a group of revelers.
13 died at the scene while two were pronounced dead in hospital.
The attack came on the back of four other gun attacks that killed 10 people cumulatively.
The previous attacks saw two people shot dead in Katlehong, four in Pietermaritzburg, two in Inanda, and two in Duncan Village in East London.
Cele however pointed out that there is no indication that the attacks were coordinated.
“There is a thinking that it was a coordinated event. We don’t have that information. We have separate issues. The Pietermaritzburg, Katlehong and Nomzamo killings took place in taverns. We believe they coincided rather than coordinated,” he said.