Erfsondes and Skeem Saam actor Mortimer Williams, was one of the eight people wounded by gunfire on New Year’s Eve during the Melville drive-by shooting. Mortimer, who plays Petersen in Skeem Saam, was performing at Poppy’s Restaurant in Melville, where the deadly incident unfolded in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Mortimer Williams is grateful to be alive and is recovering in hospital. Sadly, two people were declared dead at the scene.
“We did the countdown and everything seemed fine. We didn’t know of any altercations between anyone. I saw a friend who I hadn’t wished a happy new year yet and when I went outside to do so, I heard this noise. It sounded like (fire) crackers going off but then I felt the affect and realised I had been shot” – Mortimer Williams told SABC.
Speaking to SowetanLIVE, Gauteng police spokesperson Brig Mathapelo Peters said the deceased women were aged between 30 and 40.
Mortimer was rushed to the ER of a local hospital where he was treated for his injury.
“A bullet missed my left kidney by a few millimetres and went through the top of my pelvis. It didn’t shatter it but left a hole. Luckily, they didn’t have to operate on it, but I have been given medication and am being treated.” – Mortimer said.
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Zita Zimande is a sports news journalist from the University of Johannesburg. Besides being a sports fanatic, she loves to cook during her spare time.