KZN vigilante attack toll rises to 9

2012-08-12 08:28
(Wener Beukes, SAPA)

(Wener Beukes, SAPA)

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Durban - Nine members of a vigilante group guarding against cattle theft were shot dead and some 30 are missing after a revenge attack by villagers, police said on Saturday.

Police discovered the ninth body on Saturday after the shooting two days back in the hills near Pomeroy, 180km from Durban, the SABC said.

Around 30 members of the vigilante group were still missing.

The group on Thursday caught and allegedly beat up a man suspected of stealing cattle, police spokesperson Vincent Mdlunge told Sapa.

Local residents then ambushed the vigilantes.

Cattle wars are a longstanding feature in KwaZulu-Natal.

In a separate incident a week ago, five men were shot dead and 17 injured in an attack elsewhere in the province blamed on a clan feud, raising concern over violence in KwaZulu-Natal.

Around 14 000 people were killed in violence between rival political groups between 1990 and 1994, mostly in KwaZulu-Natal.

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