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KZN mass shootings: Police make BREAKTHROUGH – arrests made

Two mass shootings in KZN claimed 14 lives in a space of 24 hours in mid-January, something Police Minister Bheki Cele says isn’t normal

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has announced that the South African Police Service (SAPS) KwaZulu-Natal in (KZN) have caught a big break in relation to two mass shootings which rocked the province just recently.

Cele held a media briefing on Wednesday, 26 January 2022, on the investigations.

Less than two weeks prior, (14 January) a total of 14 people were killed in mass shootings, which the Police Ministry has expressed concern over – Eight people, including a teenage girl, were killed during a shooting at a house in Richmond. While in Inanda, six people aged between 17 and 26 were also gunned down.

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Both mass shootings in KZN sent shockwaves across the country and prompted concern over rising crime, including in the province. Even Minister Bheki Cele himself voiced his shock, saying the fact that both shootings occurred within a space of 24 hours was not normal.

Cele says for now, eight suspects have been arrested for the mass shootings – seven people in connection with the incident in Richmond and one person handcuffed for the Inanda killings.

“The shooting took place on the 14th of January, and a multi-disciplinary operation was conducted in the Richmond area, which resulted in the arrest of seven suspects aged between 21 and 43 years old, who were arrested in different locations. They were found to be in possession of several high calibre firearms and ammunition, including being in possession of drugs,”

Police Minister Bheki Cele

The minister says investigations into both shootings will continue and SAPS in KZN has some strong leads and more arrests could be made.

Cele has praised police or their breakthroughs and added that in light of the recent incident, they will not sit back and allow KZN to become a killing field.

“This is why, during our visit with the deputy minister last week, we did not mince our words when we said that the SAPS needs to up their game and that the investigation teams should always be two or three steps ahead of these criminals who are always trying,” he said.