Five killed in yet another KZN family massacre

Five killed in yet another KZN family massacre

Police in KwaZulu-Natal say two recent family massacres in the province are likely unrelated. 

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Five members of a single family have been shot and killed in Nteke in Marianhill.

Provincial police spokesperson Nqobile Gwala says the family was accosted by an unknown gunmen.

"Four were fatally wounded and the other member died in hospital. The motive for the killing is still unknown," she confirms.

Gwala says this shooting cannot be linked to a recent family massacre in which eight people were killed.

"These are two incidents that occurred in two different areas. There is no link between the two shootings," Gwala explains. 

Eight people died after a night of terror in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday.

Two women and four girls were shot and killed in the Embangweni village in the Midlands.

Gwala says the deceased were aged 2, 10, 14, 14, 58 and 60.

She says a group of unknown gun-toting men stormed two family homes and opened fire.

They then doused the homes with petrol before setting it alight.

The homes were roughly 100 metres apart.

Two children died in hospital as a result of their burn wounds on Wednesday. 

Police say the motive for the killing is unknown at this stage.

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