Community urged to help find family’s murderers

2017-02-22 06:02
PHOTOs: supplied Gogo Cecilia Chiliza (69) was one of the family members who was shot dead by the unknown men who attacked the Dawood home on Saturday evening.

PHOTOs: supplied Gogo Cecilia Chiliza (69) was one of the family members who was shot dead by the unknown men who attacked the Dawood home on Saturday evening.

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SURVIVING members of the family of four who were killed at Richmond at the weekend are still traumatised by the tragedy.

On Saturday evening, four family members, including a child, were gunned down in Ndaleni, Richmond.

They were Cecilia Chiliza (69), Dumisani Chiliza (49), Nkosikhona Masango (25) and 11-year-old Noxolo Dawood.

A four-year-old boy, whose name has not been released, was still in hospital recovering from a gunshot wound to his buttocks.

Family member Quinton Dawood said that he was in Pietermaritzburg at the Harry Gwala Stadium watching a soccer match when he received a call from frantic neighbours urging him to abandon the game and come home.

“No one would tell me anything over the phone. I was in such a panic and started imagining all sorts of things. What I saw when I got home was beyond what I had imagined, four relatives of mine were lying dead on the floor,” said Dawood.

The victims were his grandmother, uncle, cousin and niece.

Dawood said he was the breadwinner at home. He said his family had been preparing for a small ceremony when they were attacked.

He said he was told that seven members of his family were sitting in their rondavel when they heard two loud bangs on the door and unknown men came in and started shooting.

One of the survivors managed to roll under the bed and hid from the attackers, said Dawood. He added that his seven-year-old son, who was also in the room and was reportedly sleeping when the attack happened, was not hurt.

“They killed almost my entire family. I am so hurt and still speechless from the shock,” said a distraught Dawood.

He said he could not think of anyone who would want to kill him or his family and said he would wait for the police investigations to reveal “the heartless killers”.

Dawood said a mass family funeral will be held on Saturday at the local sports ground.

Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said no arrests have been made as yet but confirmed that police are working on a “strong lead”.

KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Mxolisi Kaunda visited the Dawood family in Richmond on Monday. He urged the community to help the police bring the culprits to book.

“To defeat crime, we need to be united,” said Kaunda. He also met with the police management in the uMgungundlovu cluster at the Richmond police station to discuss plans to avoid similar attacks.

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