Seven women relatives shot dead in KZN


File: A Limpopo police officer was shot dead when he responded to a burglary in progress near Tzaneen.

DURBAN – Seven women from one family were gunned down in KwaZulu Natal on Tuesday, the ANC in the province announced.

The party said details of the murder of seven Sibiya family members in Embangweni village, Umvoti Local Municipality in the Midlands, remained sketchy.

“This is deeply devastating and we send our heartfelt condolences to the family and wish those in hospital a speedy recovery,” the party said in a statement.

“Although details regarding the brutal murder of Sibiya family members remain sketchy, it appears that an unknown assassin stormed into two family homes a few metres apart and opened fire, leaving seven females dead."

The party said the killers also doused the houses with petrol and set them alight.

The province has become a hot bed for political murders in recent months.

On Monday night, Nkosinathi Ngcobo, an ANC member from the Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma municipality, was shot dead.

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This comes almost a month after the death of former ANC Youth League secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, from shot wounds sustained earlier.

Following Magaqa’s death, the ANC established a team to deal with political violence in the province.

“Clearly something is not right in our province and needs all of us beyond political affiliations to join hands in an effort to defeat this new tendency,” the party said.

“The ANC believes that our success in this regard will depend not on ... conspiracies and depressing gossip, but concrete findings and understanding of the challenge at hand.

“It is possible and we will succeed when none of us succumbs to the temptation of losing hope.”

The Moerane commission of inquiry into political killings in KwaZulu-Natal is expected to wrap up this month.

Some witnesses have testified that corruption and competition for political positions are the primary reasons for the murders.