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The Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Councilor Geoffrey Makhubo urged the public to come forward with any information that may lead law enforcement to identify and apprehend perpetrators who opened fire at the 2019 City of Joburg New Year's Eve Countdown at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown and Melville.

The mayor said this during when he visited victims that sustained injuries at Edenvale hospital, Helen Joseph hospital, and Charlotte Maxeke hospital on Sunday, 05 January 2020.
During the incident at Mary Fitzgerald Square, 11 people were shot and sustained injuries, while at a popular restaurant in Melville eight people were shot, two were declared dead on the scene by paramedics, and six sustained moderate to serious injuries.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Johannesburg Emergency Services (EMS), the South African Police Services (SAPS) and Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD) for acting swiftly in dispatching the injured people to various hospitals,” says Cllr Makhubo.

The mayor was accompanied by the Member of the Mayoral Committee for public safety, Cllr Molly Mokoena.
The City of Joburg New Year's Eve Countdown is the annual City’s year end event focusing on building social cohesion and also tapping onto the cosmopolitan nature of Joburg as a City and a destination.
The motive of the two incidents is still unknown and police are still investigating the incidents.