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KZN shooting: Bloody weekend in Edendale leaves six dead

A manhunt for the suspected shooters is underway.

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Six people were shot dead at the weekend in Edendale, near Pietermaritzburg, but no arrests have been made yet.

Reacting to the shooting on Monday, the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda, condemned the murdres which were carried out on Saturday.

“The department received a report that at about 18:30, unknown suspects fatally shot six people in different places within the location. The victims are two females and four males,” said a statement issued by the community safety department in the province.

“Kaunda has condemned the incident and called on the police to work around the clock to find the suspects. He has also conveyed his condolences to the families of the deceased and wished the one person who was injured a speedy recovery.”

State of security briefing in Edendale

The statement said the  MEC will be meeting the police management in the cluster and police station to receive a briefing about the incident and the state of security in the area. 

“Both the MEC and the minister of police have intervened in the crime situation in the Plessislaer Policing precinct which covers areas such as Imbali, Caluza, Esigodini and Edendale,” said the statement.

“Today, the MEC will be returning to Imbali township to assess if the interventions he made when he visited the area in June are yielding positive results.”

After members of the community complained about the scourge of crime in Imbali, Kaunda convened an urgent meeting with the police and community.

A safety plan was developed for the area which include heightening police visibility and other law enforcement operation aimed at apprehending suspects implicated in murder, carjacking and arm robberies.

“It is unfortunate that the killing of six people occurred when I had already planned a community meeting in Imbali to assess plans we put in place to improve policing in the entire policing precinct,” said Kaunda.

“I have interacted with the police management to ensure that the suspects implicated in this incident are found within 72 hours.”  

Last week Kaunda was named as the new eThekwini metro mayor to replace Zandile Gumede, who faces corruption charges related to a tender worth millions of rand.

– African News Agency (ANA); Editing by Moses Mudzwiti