‘Long-standing’ dispute behind KZN murders

2010-12-16 14:44

A “long-standing” dispute could be behind the murders of eight people in Pinetown, the Hawks said.

“Our initial investigations have revealed that there was a long-standing dispute between the two families,” Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said in a statement.

An elderly member of the family of one of the two people arrested died of suspected poisoning some time ago.

“It appears that the suspects might have blamed the death on the Mabhida family.”

A 21-year-old man and his mother, aged 38, were expected to appear in the Pinetown Regional Court tomorrow.

Police suspect the eight, including a nine-month-old baby, were first shot, their Dassenhoek home then doused with petrol and set alight on Monday.

They found empty petrol containers and match sticks outside the house and a 9mm pistol cartridges inside the house.

The dead were identified as Coshela Mabhida (48) Sindi Mabhida (25) and her nine-month-old daughter Andiswa.

The others were named as Owami Mabhida (6), Siphesihle Mabhida (7), Njabulo Mabhida (9), Nelisiwe Khumalo (16), and Angelina Mabhida (68).

Polela said police Commissioner Bheki Cele’s office intended to visit the area to discuss the murders with local residents.

“General Cele’s office plans to hold meetings with communities in Inchanga, Dassenhoek and surrounding areas.

To prevent more tragic occurrences from taking place, we have decided to intervene to try and reach a lasting solution.” 

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