Shots from range are driving Mike nuts
Former Kaizer Chiefs star and now sports presenter Mike "Sporo" Mangena says he is fed up of jumping to the sound of gunshots every day
He has petitioned the Gauteng legislature to shut down a shooting range located close to his home.
The popular Soccerzone presenter complained to the legislature about six weeks ago. Yesterday he was called in to make his representations before the relevant authorities.
Mangena implored the department of community safety, the City of Johannesburg and the department of agriculture to force the owners of the shooting range to move their business away from their current premises in Liefde en Vrede (ironically meaning Love and Peace in Afrikaans), south of Johannesburg.
Mangena said he did not know of anyone being injured because of the shooting range but pointed out that a residential area was not a suitable location for a shooting range.
"There are gunshots throughout the day and you are not sure whether they are coming from the police, thugs or the shooting range. It is like living in a war zone.
"I am spending most of my time at home studying. You are not sure whether a bullet will fly through the window and hit you," Mangena said.
"It is unbearable. We deserve to live in a place where there is peace, tranquility and harmony. We have small children here."
He said he took it on himself to lodge the complaint since it would take too long to get other residents' contact details to attach to the petition.
The chairman of the petitions standing committee in the Gauteng legislature, Jacob Khawe, has mandated the department of community safety to speak to the City of Johannesburg as owners of the land and the department of agriculture - who are the regulators of the shooting range - to investigate the legality of the range's location in the area.
Khawe ordered that the department of community safety report to the legislature on June 6 and that a determination be made about the matter on the same day.