Two suspects have been arrested after the killing of 8 family members in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday.
Hawks spokesperson, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said seven family members were asleep in one house and another in the adjacent hut when a group of men allegedly entered their yard in Msinsini village, just outside Port Shepstone.
“The suspects hacked the seven victims to death with sharp objects inside the house and proceeded to the hut where they brutally murdered a 70-year-old man and set the hut alight. The victims, four females aged between 15 and 60 years, three toddlers aged between one and three years as well as the 70-year-old man who was found burnt beyond recognition, died at the scene. One survivor was taken to hospital with severe head injuries,” he said in a statement.
Mulaudzi said the suspects allegedly accused the family members of practising witchcraft.
“The suspects were found in possession of blood-stained clothes and shoes. A jacket, worn by one of the suspects, was found shoved inside a pit toilet,” Mulaudzi said.
The suspects, aged 26 and 28 respectively were charged with murder and will appear at the Turton Magistrate’s Court on Friday.