Cele optimistic of a breakthrough in Umlazi murders investigation

News South Africa

Tebogo Msimanga |

The Police Ministry has called on the South African Police Service to put extra effort in rounding up the investigation into the killing of 11 people, in Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal. Police Minister General Bheki Cele visited the province on Thursday 02 September 2021, following the murder of 11 people in two separate shooting incidents.

On Sunday, 29 August 2021, six people were shot and killed at the U Section of uMlazi, two days later three gunmen opened fire inside a house in the W Section of the township, killing five people, three others sustained serious injuries.

Minister Cele said while police are yet to make arrests on both cases, they are following up on a strong lead in the one incident, set to shed more light on the motive and whether or not the shootings are linked.

“Most of those killed in both these incidents; including the 14-year-old boy, were sadly people at the wrong place, at the wrong time, but some were unsavoury characters who were linked to criminality taking place in surrounding areas.”

Cele added that the police must find the killers of these 11 people, regardless of who they were and what they did.

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