JOHANNESBURG, October 12 – Members of the South African Police Service have shot dead an armed suspect wanted in connection with the Marianhill family murders.
Last week on Thursday five members of a family were shot and killed in Nteke, Mariannhill, near Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal. It was the second such incident in as many days.
On Tuesday, eight members from two separate Sibiya family homes were gunned down at Amatimatolo, in Greytown in KwaZulu-Natal.
Giving an update on the subsequent manhunt for the Mariannhill killers on Thursday, Captain Nqobile Gwala said: “Yesterday, members of the provincial Organised Crime Unit assisted by KwaNdengezi police were following up on information with regards to the whereabouts of outstanding suspects allegedly involved in the Marianhill massacre”.
Four other suspects have been in police custody since Sunday when they were arrested.
Gwala said investigations led police to Umbumbulu, where they spotted two of the suspects walking along a gravel road.
“When the police attempted to apprehend the suspects, it is alleged that they opened fire at police officers who also responded,” the captain said, adding that a suspect was shot dead during the exchange of gunfire.
Gwala said police were hot on the heels of the escaped suspect.