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Durban - Policing watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), has launched an investigation into claims that members of a specialised task team shot and killed five men in Umtshezi in uThukela last week. 

It is alleged that on October 7, officers entered the Kubheka’s family home and bound the men’s wrists with cable ties before shooting them execution style. 

Speaking to the Daily News, Moses Dlamini, Ipid spokesperson confirmed that a team of their investigators arrived at the scene minutes after they received information about the shooting.

“The version of events given by the police will be tested against that of witnesses as well as the evidence in totality.  The investigation continues,” Dlamini said. 

The shooting comes in the midst of a spate of killings were members of the same families were gunned down.

On October 3, eight people from the Sibiya family were killed in Greytown and on October 5, five people from the Gwala family were shot dead in their Marrianhill home. A day after the Kubheka murders, three men were killed and three more seriously injured when armed men opened fire on them along the M35, near Folweni.

Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane, police spokesperson, said one of the deceased was a taxi boss while the other two were drivers.

Major General Bheki Langa, KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner said detectives have been tasked to meticulously investigate these cases and bring those responsible to book.

Daily News