Police have not yet made arrests in connection with the double murder of a couple and attempted murder of a child at Ntunjambili near Kranskop on Sunday.
Police and other sources said the couple — Sakhile Sithole and Sphidile Jali — were key witnesses in a case in which the suspected gunman was accused of having raped Jali.
The man, who is still at large, is reportedly a relative of Sithole.
It’s alleged that prior to the attack, the assailant raped Jali at her home in Ntunjambili.
A neighbour who witnessed the murders said Sithole and Jali were renting a room in Ntunjambili area.
“An armed man wearing a face mask and coat walked into their room and started firing shots towards them. He first shot and killed Sphindile in the presence of her boyfriend. Sakhile ran out from the room to alert his landlord, but the gunman followed him ... Sakhile grabbed the landlord’s child and used the child as a shield to prevent the gunman shooting ...
“The suspect fired another shot. The bullet hit and wounded the child. He left the child on the floor and ran into another room where the suspect shot and killed him.”