KZN commissioner condemns the killings at Taylors Halt
8 people including an 18-month-old child were killed in two separate incidents at Taylors Halt on Wednesday.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant Khombinkosi Jula has condemned these killings describing them as brutal. Jula said the information they have suggests that these killings could be a result of a longstanding feud in the community.
“We once again appeal to our communities to refrain from using violence to address conflicts,” said Jula.
He said on Wednesday after 12pm, four men were repairing a vehicle when another vehicle stopped next to them and opened fire wounding three men. The fourth victim who was also injured managed to escape and was taken to hospital.
The deceased were identified as Sbonelo Ndawo 33, Lawrence Zondi 33, and Ayanda Sishi 37.
The second incident happened at 8pm on Wednesday, where five members of a family were attacked. Jula said four women and one child were shot at their home. The deaseced were identified as Dingeni 70, Zodwa 61, Thobeka 24, Sphelele 12, and 16-month-old Thandolwethu Nxele.
Jula said about a kilometre away from the Nxele residence a bakkie with bullet holes was found on the road and the driver was taken to hospital as he was wounded.
Jula said he has instructed additional deployments to be brought into the area immediately.
“I have also directed that a dedicated investigation team hit the ground running and to work none stop until the culprits responsible for these callous murders are brought to book,” said Jula.