PRETORIA, The KwaZulu-Natal Organised Crime Task Team is investigation yet another family massacre in Mariannhill, near Pinetown.
Police said a family was accosted by unknown gunmen, who fired multiple shots at five members of the family, aged between 19 and 34 on Thursday.
Four of the family members died at the scene and the other victim died in hospital on arrival.
Mariannhill police have opened a docket with five counts of murder and it has been transferred to the Provincial Organised Crime Task Team for investigation.
The motive of the attack is subject to ongoing investigation, police said.
Acting Provincial Commissioner Major General Bheki Langa condemned the attack and urged community members to assist the police in ensuring that the criminals are prosecuted.
Such family attacks cannot be tolerated. We will work around the clock to solve these cases and send the killers behind bars so that it can be a lesson to others who still think that they can get away with crime, said Langa.
This attack comes just three days after eight family members, many of whom were children, were shot and burnt in two separate homesteads in Matimatolo, near Greytown, also in KwaZulu-Natal.
We will work tirelessly to ensure that all the culprits are apprehended and prosecuted, said Langa.
Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma has strongly condemned the ruthless killing of six girls and two women in Embangweni village, near Greytown in KwaZulu-Natal, on Tuesday night.
Such outrageous and inhuman action against defenceless women is a gross violation of the right to human life, as enshrined in the Constitution. I am deeply dismayed by this heartless and inexplicable cruelty, said President Zuma.
Eight members from two separate Sibiya family homes, approximately 100m away from each other were brutally murdered.
The motive of the attack is not yet known.
The President extended his condolences to the families and relatives of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
He reiterated that violence against women has been declared a priority crime by government. He said all forms of violence against women, children and the elderly should never be tolerated in society.
President Zuma appealed to the community to help the police with information so that those responsible can be found and face the law.
He urged the law enforcement agencies to work around the clock to ensure that those responsible for the criminal act are brought to justice and face the full might of the law.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK