South Africa: 6 Girls, 2 Women From One Family Shot Dead In KwaZulu-Natal

Tarikh kemaskini: 05/10/2017

DURBAN (SOUTH AFRICA), Oct 5 (BERNAMA-NNN-AGENCIES) -- Eight female members of one family were shot dead in their homes in South Africa, police said, with attackers also setting fire to their houses.

Six of the victims were aged between three and 18, while two were older women. Police said the cause of the killings was unknown. The killings took place on Tuesday evening in Embangweni village, northwest of the port city of Durban, in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal. "It has been reported that the neighbours heard gunshots, and then the houses caught fire," police spokeswoman Thembeka Mbhele said. Initial reports said seven women were killed, police Captain Nqobile Gwala said while an eighth person passed away in hospital on Wednesday. Gwala said the motive for the attack was unknown and that police would investigate whether it was politically motivated or over family feuds. Gwala said community members heard gunshots at around 21:00 on Tuesday night and when they went to check, the house was on fire. Five people, including a 60-year-old woman and four children between the ages of two and 16, died in one house. Gwala said a second house was also attacked, and a 58-year-old woman died after being shot. Two of the children in that house later died in hospital. The house had also been set on fire. Gwala said the occupants of both houses were from the same family. KwaZulu-Natal province has seen a spike in politically-motivated killings, although local reports said the killings may have been due to a family feud. The regional office of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party condemned the incident, saying "clearly something is not right in our province". Police said an investigation was underway.