Ten people were involved in a mass slaughter in Kwanobuhle on the outskirts of Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday evening when men with weapons entered a yard and opened fire on people.
Six people were shot dead.
Col. Priscilla Naidu, police spokesperson, says three armed men entered the yard in Mdledle Street at 19:40 and started shooting. Some of the victims were shot at the gate, while others were shot closer to the house.
According to Naidu, ten people were shot. Five men and a woman died. Three more men and a woman were seriously wounded.
The injured were taken to a hospital for treatment, while the police are trying to confirm the names of all the victims.
“The motive for the massacre is still unclear at this stage,” says Naidu.
The police are investigating a case of murder and attempted murder.
Lt. Gen. Nomthetheleli Mene, provincial police commissioner, appealed to the public to help the police with information that could lead to the arrest of the attackers.
“This action is cowardly and a blatant disregard for human life as well as the law,” she says.
“These criminals must no longer be allowed to roam our streets, therefore we call on the community of Kwanobuhle to work together with the police to bring justice to the deceased and the injured.”
Anyone who can help identify the victims or any next of kin, or has any information about the attackers, can Col. Call Willie Mayi on 082 697 5914.