IN a weekend of violence six people were killed in the district.Three members of the Mkhize family were shot dead in Matimatolo and three young boys drowned in a flash-flood in Msinga.It was reported that the three male Mkhize cousins were returning from a traditional family celebration on Saturday when they were ambushed and shot dead.An intensive police investigation is under way and at the time of going to press the motive for these killings was unknown.A severe storm on Saturday claimed the lives of three young boys in Msinga who had tried to shelter from it. A group of five youngsters had taken cover in a pipe under a bridge at Msinga Top. A strong surge of water washed them away and three, Asibongiwe Sithole, Thabo Mbatha and Khethukuthula Myeza, drowned. A number of households in the area were damaged.In reporting the tragedy a Cogta spokesperson said the department was running a public awareness programme to educate rural communities about the dangers of thunderstorms.In the Greytown area, two armed men raided the smallholding of Chris and Cynthia Tredoux in Mispah. She was alone in the house when they broke in. They forced her to open the safe, then gagged, beat and blindfolded her.Farmers, security and SAPS personnel were quickly on the scene and followed the trail of the suspects for 10 kilometres, and some of the stolen items were recovered.At the time to going to press, the Greytown Gazette was unable to confirm whether the wedding plans of the couple who were to marry on Monday had been carried out.