SAPS minister visits Mncwabe family

2015-11-12 06:00
PHOTO: Precious gumede Minister Nathi Nhleko (third right), officials and the Ugu and Umzumbe mayors at the scene of the massacre.

PHOTO: Precious gumede Minister Nathi Nhleko (third right), officials and the Ugu and Umzumbe mayors at the scene of the massacre.

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SAPS Minister Nathi Nhleko visited the remaining Mncwabe family­ members after the recent massacre of some of them.

Eight people from this family were recently hacked to death while sleeping.

Police officers, Hawks and members from all policing units joined the minister in addressing the community of Mabheleni about working with the SAPS and fighting crime.

Nhleko said he felt that a visit to the family was needed as this tragedy was unusual.

He said there is a possibility that neighbours knew of the conflict within the family before the massacre happened and they could have notified the police beforehand.

Nhleko said society needs to be well developed.

“If society was well developed we would not be having such incidents in our communities. This incident proves that society still needs to developed. People should not take the words of an inyanga or sangoma over their own family if it is going to make them kill.”

Nhleko said the swift response from the police needs to be applauded.

“The police responded rapidly to this tragic incident and arrested the suspects before the deceased were buried. I am proud of the members who were responsible for the arrests.”

Nhleko said he is also happy to learn that justice was served so quickly.

Umzumbe mayor Sydney Gumede said the police did an exceptional job by apprehending the suspects. He called the families to unite and sort their differences out.

“We know that what happened cannot be erased, but we urge both families to talk this out.”

Inkosi Mbhele said its hard to believe that the two suspects were the only­ ones responsible and urges the police to continue investigating, and if there are more arrests to be made, to make them.

Mbhele said the traditional healer council should also intervene.

“Traditional healers have to address the way traditional healers work. They must stop telling people they are bewitched,” said Mbhele.

The family have since been living under police care as investigations continue.

The SAPS handed over food parcels and a small contribution to the family.

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