Durban – The DA leader in Umzinyathi, KwaZulu-Natal, has called on authorities to prioritise an investigation into the brutal killing of eight people from one family. "In this time of political murders committed on a regular basis across the province, we call on the MEC for Community Safety, Mxolisi Kaunda, to prioritise the investigation into these murders and to appoint highly skilled and competent people to investigate these barbaric killings," Sizwe Mchunu said on Thursday.Mchunu said that the DA in Umzinyathi conveyed condolences to the Sibiya families after two women and six children were shot and killed in Amatimatolo on Tuesday night. The victims were all females.ALSO READ: 6 girls, 2 women killed in KZN family attack"We are deeply saddened by this incident and wish the family well during this difficult time."Police spokesperson Nqobile Gwala previously said the motive for the attack was unknown and that police would investigate whether it was politically motivated or a result of family feuds.Residents heard gunshots around 21:00 on Tuesday night. Upon investigating, neighbours found the house on fire.Five people, including a 60-year-old woman and four children between the ages of two and 16, died in one house.Gwala said a second house was also attacked, and a 58-year-old woman died after being shot.Two of the children in that house later died in hospital. The house had also been set alight.