Emotional scenes in Mariannhill after deadly police shootout

Emotional scenes in Mariannhill after deadly police shootout

Members of the Marianhill community are trying to identify relatives who may be among the group of suspects killed in a shootout with police. 

Mariannhill in KwaZulu-Natal

Detectives from the SAPS Stabilisation Task Team acted on a tip-off and swooped on the gang in the early hours of Wednesday morning. 

Earlier, two mortuary vans arrived and were ushered to the homestead by detectives.

Members of the SAP Forensic Unit were then seen carrying the bodies of the suspects, which were wrapped in body bags,  out of the one-bedroom homestead before they were loaded onto the vehicles.

Outside the cordoned-off area, residents who say their family members lived in the home gathered.

They were taken to the van, and an identification process unfolded.  

Emotional scenes played out. 

A woman who resides in the area broke down as she positively identified her nephew and son. 

An elderly man looked shocked after identifying his son among the deceased. The forensic pathologists have now left the scene with the bodies.

Earlier on, KZN police confirmed that these nine suspects were terrorising the community and were wanted in connection with a gang rape and several violent crimes in the area.

Detectives say they are hunting for two more suspects in the group.


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