Kwazulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner assembles task team to investigate Umkhanyakude murders

DURBAN – In the early hours of this morning, police at KwaMsane received a report of murder at KwaMtholo where four people were killed. On arrival police found a house that was torched with the deceased still inside.

According to a survivor, around midnight a knock was heard on the door and a suspect was spotted with a firearm in his hand. Shortly afterwards the witness heard gunshots being fired in the house. Two women and two children were sleeping in the house. The suspects torched the house before fleeing through the window. The deceased were identified as Thembelihle Dlamini (60), Nokuthula Dlamini (42), Sanele Dlamini (7) and Alondwe Khanyile (3-months-old). The motive for the killings is not known at this stage.

“A dedicated task team consisting of police officers from the District and Province has been tasked to investigate this brutal murders and bring the perpetrators to book. We will not rest until the suspects are traced and arrested,” said KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.

Source: South African Police Service