Committee sends condolences to US after shooting

The International Relations and Cooperation Portfolio Committee has extended its condolences to the United States following the attack on civilians in Las Vegas, Nevada earlier this week.

Sixty-four-year-old Stephen Paddock gunned down 58 people attending a music concert on Sunday night before turning a gun on himself in his Mandalay Bay hotel room, in one of the deadliest incidents in US history.

Over 500 people were injured in the mass shooting.

“This senseless, random killing is unwarranted and no one deserved to die in the manner these innocent [people] have. The committee, Parliament and the country will always advocate for respect for the sanctity of life,” said the Portfolio Committee’s Chairperson Siphosezwe Masango.

President Jacob Zuma had earlier extended his condolences to the US government.

Masango said Parliament shared President Zuma’s sentiments and sympathised with the American people.

The South African consulate in Los Angeles has confirmed that no South Africans were affected by the shooting. – SAnews.gov.za