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Four slain in KwaMashu mass shooting

Jeff Wicks

Man holding a gun. Image: 123RF Stock Image
Man holding a gun. Image: 123RF Stock Image

 A mass shooting at the notorious KwaMashu Men’s Hostel on Monday night left four men dead‚ KwaZulu-Natal police has said.

Spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said that the four were gunned down in Phumula Road in A-Section. The hostel‚ and A-Section in general are regarded as a hotbed of criminality and have in the past been a no-go area for law enforcement officers.

“The bodies of four men aged between 23 and 42 were found with multiple gunshot wounds. The motive for their killing is unknown at this stage and is subject to an active investigation‚” she said.

Mbhele added that the mass slaying had drawn the attention of the acting provincial commissioner‚ who had ordered that the murders be probed by the provincial task team. “We cannot condone serious and violent crimes in our province‚ even at our hostels. It is incidents such as these that contribute to the high murder rate in the province‚” she said.

Five people were killed in a single shooting incident in A-Section in September 2015. Four bodies were found in a room at the A95 Block in the section. The body of another victim was found lying outside the hostel‚ taking the toll to five.

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