Task team in shoot­ing probe

Daily News - - NEWS - SE-ANNE RALL

PO­LICE watch­dog the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Direc­torate (Ipid) has launched a probe into claims that mem­bers of a spe­cialised task team un­law­fully shot dead five men at Umt­shezi, in uThukela, last week.

It is al­leged that of­fi­cers en­tered the Kub­heka fam­ily home on Oc­to­ber 7 and bound the men’s wrists with ca­ble ties be­fore shoot­ing them ex­e­cu­tion-style.

Speak­ing to the Daily News, Ipid spokesper­son Moses Dlamini con­firmed that a team of their in­ves­ti­ga­tors had ar­rived at the scene min­utes af­ter re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion about the shoot­ing.

“The ver­sion of events given by the po­lice will be tested against that of wit­nesses as well as the ev­i­dence in to­tal­ity. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues,” Dlamini said.

The shoot­ing comes in the midst of a spate of in­ci­dents in KwaZulu-Na­tal where mem­bers of the same fam­i­lies were gunned down.

On Oc­to­ber 3, eight peo­ple from the Sibiya fam­ily were killed in Grey­town. Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Nqo­bile Gwala said five fam­ily mem­bers were shot dead in­side a ron­davel.

“A 60-year-old wo­man with four chil­dren aged be­tween 2 and 16 died at the scene. A few me­tres away, three more peo­ple from the same fam­ily were killed,” said Gwala.

She added that on Oc­to­ber 5, five peo­ple from the Gwala fam­ily were shot dead in their Mar­i­annhill home.

Four men have since been ar­rested. A fifth man was shot dead af­ter an ex­change of gun­fire with po­lice.

A day af­ter the shoot­ing at the Kub­heka home, three men were killed and three more se­ri­ously in­jured when armed men opened fire on them along the M35, near Fol­weni.

Po­lice spokesper­son Lieu­tenant-Colonel Thu­lani Zwane said one of the dead was a taxi boss, while the other two were driv­ers.

Act­ing Pro­vin­cial Com­mis­sioner Ma­jor-Gen­eral Bheki Langa said de­tec­tives had been tasked to metic­u­lously in­ves­ti­gate these cases and bring those re­spon­si­ble to book.

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