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Crime task team to probe KZN mass murders

Two women and six children died on Tuesday when a gang of gunmen attacked two family homes and set them alight.

Picture: SAPS.

DURBAN – A crime task team has been set up to investigate the mass murder of eight members of the same family.

A gang of criminals gunned down at least four children and two mothers on Tuesday by setting their rondavels alight.

Two other children, who had been rescued from the fire by community members, later succumbed to their wounds in hospital.

Out of the nine people who were ambushed, the sole survivor of the attack remains in hospital.

KwaZulu-Natal Community Safety MEC Mxolisi Kaunda visited the area on Wednesday, announcing a task team that will probe the murders.

At the same time, police are urging community members to come forward with any information that could assist with investigations.

Spokesperson Nqobile Gwala says, “A provincial organised crime task team that has been tasked to investigate the murders.”

The motive for the killings remains unclear at this stage.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)