Hunt on for 10 suspects after triple murder

Johannesburg - Eastern Cape police were searching for a group of 10 people who allegedly killed three family members and burnt their homestead in Lugwijini Location, Mzamba, a spokeswoman said on Monday.

Ayanda Nomaqhiza, 29, was allegedly stabbed to death by the group at a tavern in the area on Saturday night, Colonel Sibongile Soci said.

“The father, 72-year-old Julius Nomaqhiza, came to the rescue of his son and was also assaulted and stabbed,” said Soci.

Both men were confirmed dead at the scene.

The group then went to the men's homestead and set it alight before killing the mother, Patience Nombeko Nomaqhiza, 65.

The motive for the murders was believed to be linked to witchcraft.

“A police detective team has been dispatched to the village to investigate the murders and bring those responsible to book,” said Soci.