2 shot dead at public meeting in KZN

2016-01-25 14:41

Durban – A shooting at a public meeting at the Kandokweni Sports Ground in Inchanga, KwaZulu-Natal, has left two people dead and five injured, police said on Monday.  

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said two people, aged 50 and 38, were fatally shot on Sunday, while five people sustained gunshot wounds and were taken to hospital for medical attention.

"It is alleged that there was a community meeting at Kandokweni Sports Ground, Freadville, when a shooting ensued. The motive for the attack is unknown at this stage.

"Many cars were damaged at the scene, tyres were slashed and windscreens broken by stones thrown. Two cases of murder and malicious damage to property were opened at Inchanga SAPS investigation and no arrests have been made."

eThekwini regional secretary Bheki Ntuli told News24 on Monday that an ANC meeting to elect a candidate for councillor in the area, which took place a few kilometres from the shooting, was not affected by the incident.

"The ANC meeting took place at the Michael Gwala Hall, while the shooting took place at the nearby Kandoweni Sports Ground. At the moment there are suspicions [of political motivation], but our meeting did not even know there was a shooting taking place because it was a few kilometres away. We are waiting on a full police investigation and are not assuming anything."

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu condemned the shooting, saying the province did not need black-on-black violence.

"We all remember that we are coming from an ugly past where there was black-on-black violence. As the province we cannot afford to have the re-emergence of the murders and violence in any part of this province. It is this reason that I am requesting communities to inform police when they are holding meetings to prevent any loss of life.”  

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