PMB mass shooting: One suspect to appear in court, police hunt remaining suspect

Published Apr 24, 2023


Durban - A 27-year-old man is expected to appear in court on Monday morning in connection with the shooting incident in Pietermaritzburg that claimed 10 lives.

The man will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court charged with murder, attempted murder as well as illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

Police reports reveal that in the early hours April 19, armed men entered a house located in iMbali township in Pietermaritzburg and opened fire.

During the ambush, ten members of the same family were fatally wounded.

The youngest victim is 13-years-old.

Police said following a manhunt less than two kilometres away from the murder scene police confronted four men participating in a ‘cleansing ceremony’ conducted by a traditional healer.

A shootout ensued, and one suspect was killed.

Police arrested two suspects and one managed to flee.

“One of the suspects is currently in hospital under police guard.”

Police said they were still searching for the other suspect.

Lirandzu Themba, Police Ministry spokesperson, said: “The shocking family murder prompted Police Minister General Bheki Cele and the top management of the South African Police Service (SAPS), led by National Commissioner, General Fannie Masemola to descend on the KwaZulu-Natal province.”

The Police Ministry wishes to commend the swift work of the South African Police Service (SAPS), who have made the arrests, bringing much-needed assurance and some comfort to the community that has been left shocked and traumatised by the brutal killings.

“It is on this score that the Ministry also urges more communities to work with police by coming forward with any information that can assist in apprehending individuals or gangs who are hellbent on terrorising communities through acts of criminality.”