POLICE on KwaZulu-Natal's North Coast have launched a massive manhunt for the four killers of 56-year-old man.
His body was discovered riddled with bullets - and with his genitals removed - yesterday.
The man, from the Mvuzane area, was murdered early yesterday morning by four suspects - one of them wanted by the police for a series of serious crimes.
Police spokesperson Inspector Mbongeni Mdlalose said the man was on his way from his homestead to the main road to get transport to Eshowe when he was attacked.
"His brother, who was a short distance from him, heard gunshots and his cries for help," Mdlalose said.
"He subsequently found his brother's body with several gunshot wounds and with his genitals removed.
"The four suspects immediately fled the crime scene."
The man's brother, who asked not to be named, told Sowetan that he had recognised one of the killers.
"When they attacked my brother, he called one of the killers by name - pleading with them not to kill him," he said.
"As I rushed to the scene I recognised one of them as a well-known criminal who lives in our area.
"When I called the suspect by name he ran off.
"He is known for killing people and terrorising the community but the police have always failed to arrest him.
"He shot me last month when I was in Umlazi and I survived by fighting with him and his companion. I spent a few weeks in hospital."
The brother said before the attack last month the suspect had assaulted their niece, who is disabled. This led to a quarrel between the family and the suspect.
"This boy is troublesome and I don't know what we are going to do about him.
"I should have gone to Umlazi to officially open an attempted murder case against him, but after this, [his brother's slaying] I fear for my life," he said.
Mdlalose confirmed that the suspect was wanted for a series of crimes in Eshowe and Gingindlovu.
"They include murder, attempted murder and other serious crimes. I hope we will now pin him down."
The motive for the killing was still unclear, Mdlalose said.
lAnyone with information concerning the killers should contact Captain Bhekizenzo Zungu on 082-459-1829 or Mbongolwane SAPS on 035-416-6377.