Group of 10 wanted for killing Eastern Cape family

2014-07-28 11:43

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Mthatha - Eastern Cape police were searching for a group of 10 people who allegedly killed three family members and burnt their homestead in Lugwijini Location, Mzamba, a spokesperson said on Monday.

Ayanda Nomaqhiza, 29, was allegedly stabbed to death at a tavern in the area on Saturday night, Colonel Sibongile Soci said.

"The father, 72-year-old Julius Nomaqhiza, came to the rescue of his son and was also assaulted and stabbed," said Soci.

Both men were confirmed dead at the scene.

The group then went to the men's homestead and set it alight before killing the mother, Patience Nombeko Nomaqhiza, 65.

The motive for the murders was believed to be linked to witchcraft.

"A police detective team has been dispatched to the village to investigate the murders and bring those responsible to book," said Soci.

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