Father, sons arrested for massacre

2013-06-12 00:00

A FATHER and his two sons were arrested yesterday in connection with the massacre of the Mkhize family in Muden three months ago.

This was after the Greytown task team — formed by provincial police commissioner Lieutenant Mmamonnye Ngobeni — made a breakthrough in their investigation.

Police spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge said officers had conducted operations in Muden and Greytown leading to the arrest of a man for illegal possession of guns.

“During one such operation, a 51-year-old man was arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm … and released on bail pending trial,” said Mdunge.

The seized weapons were sent for ballistic testing, and it was found that one of the weapons was used in the murder of seven Mkhize family members in Muden on March 9.

The man was re-arrested yesterday morning and further investigations led to the arrests of his two sons, aged 28 and 30.

“The three suspects will be charged for the seven murders and two counts of attempted murder. They will appear in the Greytown Magistrate’s Court soon,” said Mdunge.

The Witness reported that on March 9, a Saturday morning, machine gun-wielding men descended on the Mkhize extended family of 23 and shot dead six family members execution-style, including three teenagers.

The gunmen pretended to be police officers looking for illegal firearms.

They went from hut to hut within the homestead, shooting at random.

The seventh victim, Tholinhlanhla Fika Mkhize, died in hospital about a week later.

It was rumoured at the time that members of the Mkhize family were cattle rustlers.

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