JOHANNESBURG – Police have confirmed the death toll from a mass shooting in the Embangweni village in KwaZulu-Natal has now risen to eight, with the victims all women and children.
It’s alleged a group of men forced their way into two homes belonging to the Sibiya family and opened fire on them before setting the houses alight.
The police’s Nqobile Gwala says children are among the victims.
“Community members managed to rescue three children who sustained burns. Unfortunately, a 50-year-old woman and the three children were taken to hospital where they later died.
“Eight counts of murder and a count of attempted murder have been opened. The motive for the attack is still unknown.”
At the same time, the African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal has sent its condolences to the Sibiya family.
Provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli said: “We strongly condemn this as the ANC and equally send our deepest condolences to the family of Sibiya for having gone through such a painful moment of losing so many of your loved ones in one incident.”
(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)