Seven murdered, one set alight

2015-10-22 06:00

POLICE are working tirelessly to solve eight murders that took place in the Siphofu area, just outside Hibberdene, on Wednesday morning.

According to SAPS spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid, seven people were asleep in their home when they were attacked while another, who was asleep in a rondavel adjacent to the home, was burnt to death.

“The 70-year-old man’s body was found in the burnt-out remains of the rondavel,” said Wiid.

“Seven sustained head injuries which appeared to have been inflicted by a sharp object,” she said.

The victims were four women aged 15, 30, 60 and 32 and three boys, two aged one and another one aged three.

“Police are investigating a murder case and the motive still needs to be established,” she said.

The area’s traditional leader, Nkosi Nelisiwe Mbhele said she received information that it was a family related feud that led to the murders of the Mncwabe family.

“I’m still in shock and devastated by what I saw at the scene. The Mncwabes were a quiet family with no known issues,” she said.

“As a community, we will have to discuss this, but our wish is for the law to take its course.”

She encouraged people to come forward with information so that the culprits can be caught and prosecuted.

The Umzumbe Municipality said the news of the murders also came as a shock, especially since gruesome murders have occurred in the area in the past year.

“It is a great shock and we are asking the community to come forward and speak to police if they have any information that will assist with the investigation,” said spokesperson Trevor Khanyile.

“We don’t want people to keep information to themselves as this will cause problems,” he said.

In August, a 57-year-old mother of seven was killed in Dweshula, which also falls under the municipality.

She was hacked to death and dragged to the nearby bushes. A year ago, a teacher was killed, allegedly by her husband.

“These murders have raised concerns for the municipality and we will discuss what we can do to ensure that residents feel safe,” he said

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