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Police Minister Bheki Cele to visit uMlazi, KZN, following mass murders

Police Minister Bheki Cele is expected to visit the township of uMlazi in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday following the double mass murders that have claimed the lives of 11 people this week.

On Sunday, 29 August 2021, six people were shot and killed at U Section in uMlazi section. Two days later on Tuesday, 31 August 2021, three gunmen opened fire inside a house in W Section killing five people who were shot in the head, three others sustained serious injuries and were rushed to hospital.

Thirty-seven 9mm cartridges, two spent bullets and a live round of ammunition were found at the crime scene.

The police have said that investigations into the murders continue and that they are yet to make arrests.

Cele is on Thursday expected to receive a full briefing on both the incidents by the South African Police Service provincial management team, before making his way to the crime scenes.

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KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Peggy Nkonyeni has condemned the murders in the township, urging the police to speed up the investigations into the murders.

“I want to express my concern regarding the recent brutal killings that have happened at uMlazi. What worries me the most is that the majority of people who are involved are very young. I can’t even start to imagine how their families are receiving the sad news. I send my deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and assure the community that the police are looking into these sporadic crimes,” Nkonyeni said.

Mtubatuba traffic officers killed

Meanwhile, two road traffic inspectors were recently ambushed and killed while on duty along the N2 in the north of the province on Monday.

Nkonyeni has also sent messages of condolences to the families of the inspectors.

The two officers stationed at uMtubatuba RTI, whilst on duty at the N2 onramp to Nkodibe around 6.30pm, were ambushed by unknown suspects. They were also dispossessed of their state service firearms. When this incident occurred Traffic Inspectors, Sithole (48) and Lamula (36) were in the car. The matter was reported by a community member who also happens to be a member of the South African Police Services after hearing gunshots. The victims were found dead on the scene.

Nkonyeni has called for the police to speed-up the investigation into this matter in order for the perpetrators to be brought to book as soon as possible.

“Incidents like this instil fear and demoralises our hardworking employees. This also has a ripple effect on the level of services that we are providing. As the Department of Transport, we feel a great loss. We once again send our condolences to the families of the deceased,” Nkonyeni said.

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