4 October 2017

South Africa: Police in the Province Condemn the Attack On Two Families

press release

Corporate Communication and Liaison

The Acting Provincial Commissioner in KwaZulu-Natal condemned with great disappointment the attack on two Sibiya families at Ematimatolo by unknown suspects. Such horrendous acts shows that there are people who still do not value other people's lives. Police will thoroughly investigate the case and ensure that the culprits face the full might of law. They have to receive a befitting sentence during prosecution for their inhumane behaviour. Community members were praised for their assistance in managing to save some of the children.

Last night at 21:00, at Embangweni area, Amatimatolo, five Sibiya family members were inside the rondavel when gunshots were heard. The community members checked and saw the house on fire. Attempts were made to rescue them, unfortunately the fire was uncontrollable. All five family members, a 60-year-old woman with four children aged between two and sixteen died at the scene.

In another scene 100 metres away from the first scene, gunshots were also heard and another Sibiya family house with four family members was on fire. The community members managed to rescue three children who sustained burnt wounds but unfortunately a 58-year-old woman died at the scene. She had sustained a gunshot wound and burnt wounds. Children were taken to hospital where two of them succumbed to their injuries. Eight counts of murder and an attempted murder were opened at Amatimatolo SAPS for investigation. The motive of the attack is unknown at this stage.

Media Contact: Captain Nqobile Gwala-079 525 8062

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