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KZN police to probe if 2 Glebelands hostel killings related

An independent community activist claims the pair were killed by hit men who live at the hostel and are known by residents who fear speaking out.

The Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi outside Durban in November 2015. Picture: Gallo Images/Daily Dispatch/Sino Majangaza

DURBAN - KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) police will be investigating whether two murders at the Glebelands hostel in Umlazi are connected, given that the killings took place just a few minutes apart.

Earlier, authorities confirmed a 32-year-old was shot in the head several times and died on arrival at the hospital.

But since it’s emerged that approximately 10 minutes later another victim, a woman running a tuck shop at the hostel, was also gunned down by two suspects.

Just last week, the Moerane Commission of Inquiry investigating political killings in KZN heard how the majority of hit men linked to murders in the province live at the Glebelands hostel and use weapons supplied by the cops.

The police’s Thembeka Mbele says it’s unclear whether the two shootings are related.

Police are appealing to residents living at the hostel to tell officers what they know about the two murders.

“The murder cases are investigated by Umlazi district, but we further appeal again to the residents there to please inform the police if they have any knowledge of any criminals that are hiding at the hostel.”

An independent community activist claims the pair were killed by hit men who live at the hostel and are known by residents who fear speaking out.

The latest killings bring to 91 the number of people murdered in KZN allegedly by hit men based at the Glebelands hostel since 2014.