Early-morning shooting claims lives of 10 family members

A family of 10 was massacred in the early hours of Friday morning in Imbali, Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Eight women and two men lost their lives when a group of armed men stormed their home and sprayed them with bullets. It has been reported that the shooting took place at 4am.

The early-morning mass killing brings to 14 the number of people murdered in KwaZulu-Natal in the past 24 hours.

Four men were gunned down in KwaMashu B section on Thursday afternoon. It is alleged that the group was relaxing in a house when four men entered the room and opened fire. 

Two brothers, a neighbour, and a friend who was visiting from Phoenix were killed in the attack. It has been reported that the killers used a vehicle belonging to one of the deceased to escape.

A massive manhunt for the suspects is under way and the police are investigating the motive for the attack.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Netshiunda said: “The reports we are getting are that suspects believed to be between three and four came to the house, opened fire and killed all [the] four [victims] instantly.

“They came on foot but left with a vehicle that belong [sic] to one of the deceased, the one who had visited [from Phoenix].”

Police Minister Bheki Cele is expected to visit the Imbali crime scene on Friday which, according to police, is still active as forensic specialists are still collecting evidence.


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