FIVE suspects were arrested for the murder of two men who were stabbed at Shane, near Greytown, on Saturday.
The suspects, aged 18 and 19, were arrested at their homesteads in Shane on Sunday.
Their arrests follow an incident that occurred on October 26 at 11 pm after a group of men were embroiled in an argument at a local tavern.
It is alleged that, during the brawl, two men were stabbed, however they failed to report the matter to police.
Following the stabbing, a group of individuals attacked two individuals in retaliation and stabbed them to death.
The deceased were identified as Sipho Mbeje (20) and Sabelo Sithole (21).
Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said: “Detectives from Matimatolo launched an investigation on [Sunday] to hunt down a group of men responsible for a double murder over the weekend at Shane near Greytown.”
The KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula, commended police officers from Matimatolo for the speedy arrests.
“It is very disconcerting to still find that, in certain communities, people choose to resort to mob justice rather than to report crimes to authorities so that a fitting punishment can be meted by our courts.
“This kind of behaviour is contributing to the province’s notoriety as a murder capital. We will continue to deal with such individuals very severely,’’ he said.
The arrested suspects were due to appear in the Greytown Magistrate’s Court on Monday, October 28 facing charges of murder.