Avatar photo

By Faizel Patel

Senior Digital Journalist


Family of four dead in Amanzimtoti shooting

Police said another son who was sleeping in a seperate house survived the shooting.


Four family members have been shot dead, and another injured in Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal.

It is understood the shooting happened at their home in Hluhluwe, Ezinhlongeni village in Mfume on Monday morning.

The neigbour who was wounded in the shooting has been taken to hospital for further treatment.

Shooting

Police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda said they have launched a manhunt for at least five suspects who shot and killed the four family members and injured another.

“Information at police’s disposal at this stage is that at least five armed assailant entered the homestead and opened fire at the 64-year-old father of the house, his wife (60), their 32-year-old son, and a  19-year-old nephew who were all in the same house.

“A neighbour, who is believed to be a girlfriend to one of the deceased was shot in the legs and is receiving medical attention at a hospital,” Netshiunda said.

Photo: Saps

Survivors

Netshiunda said another son who was sleeping in a seperate house survived the shooting.

“The motive of the shooting has not been established as yet although intra-family related feud could not be ruled out.

“This is a second incident at the same household in a space of a year. In 2022 the mother of house sustained gunshot wounds during a shooting, and the matter is still under investigation,” Netshiunda said.

Photo: Saps

Police have appealed to anyone who might have knowledge regarding the whereabouts of the suspects or information that can assist in the investigation to contact the Amanzimtoti police or call the crime stop number 08600 10111,

ALSO READ: Police officer dies after gunmen rob jewellery stores at Pavilion shopping centre in Durban

There has been a series of shootings in KZN.

Pavilion shooting

Last week, a police officer tragically died after group of gunmen robbed two jewellery stores at the Pavilion shopping centre in KwaZulu-Natal.

The gunmen stormed two jewellery stores at the popular mall in Westville just outside Durban on Sunday, leaving one policeman dead and others, including a pregnant woman, injured.

ALS Paramedics spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said they responded to the shooting at about 6:45pm.

“On arrival, Paramedics found two separate active crime scenes. The first was at the robots before the mall where a police member was shot. He was in a critical condition and rushed to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately, due to his injuries, he passed away a short while later.

ALSO READ: Man arrested for 2021 murder of KZN pastor Liezel de Jager

Read more on these topics

Amanzimtoti KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Police shooting