Shongweni massacre family questioned

2010-10-28 00:00

KHIPHELAKHE Magcaba’s son was taken in by the Durban police for questioning in connection with the shooting which left six people dead in two homes in what was dubbed the “Shongweni Massacre” on Monday morning.

Four gunmen broke down the door in Ngenzeni Hlongwane’s house and shot her and her three children and a grandchild dead.

The men allegedly further went to the Magcaba family where they shot and killed Sthembiso Nxusa, a boyfriend to the family daughter Sizeni.

Sizeni was also shot and injured.

The Witness has learnt that when the shooting incident took place Magcaba’s son was not at home, but got there just after the shooting.

Area councillor Fani Moya said Magcaba’s son has not been seen in the area since he was taken by the police.

He rubbished certain newspaper reports that one of the families was dealing in drugs.

Instead, he said the gang was seen roaming the streets ululating and making noise early Monday evening.

“People believe that the men were drugged, given their behaviour. Individuals who have witnessed the ululation had since met with the police to give the little information they had.

“This is just an act of drug addicted criminals who targeted vulnerable families. They had gone to a number of houses in the area on that night. When they knocked at some houses occupants opened their doors and fired gun shots in the air, with the thugs fleeing.

“The two families were so unlucky that they had no power to fend off these criminals,” said Moya.

A close relative of Hlongwane, Joe Zulu, said the woman used to stay with her boyfriend in Hopewell but had since moved to Shongweni.

Zulu said the children would occasionally visit their father in Hopewell.

The father could not be reached for comment.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Phindile Radebe declined to comment and would not say whether the man was still in police custody.

She said the matter is under investigation so she could not divulge much information.

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