Police minister visits KwaMashu following violent attacks

KwaMashu police vehicle

File: KwaMashu police vehicle.

DURBAN - Police minister Nathi Nhleko visited the KwaMashu hostel following violence that claimed the lives of five people since Sunday.

Sunday saw the execution-style murder of four men in one of the hostels in the notoriously volatile area.

Police are still unclear about the motive of the attack as the killers took nothing from their victims.

Two more people were shot, just one day after Sunday&39;s killings, one of them fatally.

The KwaZulu-Natal Community Safety Department cites three common reasons for violence in KwaMashu -- crime, faction-fighting and political unrest.

KZN Community Safety MEC Willies Mchunu stated that no political party seems to know those people as their members, "and therefore we rule out a political reason.

"We are then left with the other two and that is where police, I&39;ve said, must concentrate.”

Mchunu committed to an investigation by the community safety department into the shootings on Monday as well as beginning an outreach programme aimed at improving the living conditions of the KwaMashu residents.

Government has implemented several interventions, but the murder rate at the hostels remain high.

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