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Police applauded for swift action after murders
PROVINCIAL and City leadership has applauded police for their swift action which led to the arrest of a suspect alleged to be linked to the brutal family massacre in uMlazi, south of Durban on 25 February. KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi and eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede led a high-powered delegation to uMlazi G-section to convey their condolences to the Mzila family whose four members were killed and one other member raped.

Accompanied by Councillors, government officials and stakeholders, MEC Thusi and Councillor Gumede also gave the grief stricken family groceries. Since the incident, there has been a high police visibility in the area to ensure the safety of the survivors of the tragic ordeal. MEC Thusi applauded police for working around the clock to ensure that the suspect faces the wrath of the law.

“On behalf of the government of KwaZulu-Natal, I wish to thank our men and women in blue for ensuring that arrests are made and for ensuring the safety and protection of the affected family. After the incident, social workers were deployed to help the surviving family members get through this traumatic ordeal,” she said. Councillor Gumede condemned residents for taking the law into their own hands. “We plead with residents to work with the police to eradicate criminal activities in our communities and let the police bring criminals to book,” she said.

Councillor Gumede also thanked stakeholders who have made generous donations to the affected family. It is alleged that the two suspects shot and injured about eight patrons during a robbery at a nearby tavern before making their way to the Mzila home where they shot and killed a mother and her three children. According to police reports, residents of the area searched for the suspect and burnt three informal dwellings at a nearby informal settlement. One suspect was later arrested, while the second suspect died at the scene.

silindile.maluleka@durban.gov.za 
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