Durban - Four men have been shot dead and a woman injured in a shooting incident in Nquthu, KwaZulu-Natal, police said on Thursday.
The tragedy occurred on Tuesday at 19:30 after three men were sent on an errand by the Mabaso family to fetch some goods at Nquthu.
"The men were travelling in their vehicle when they were approached by unknown suspects who shot all three of them dead. Their bodies were found near the road at Ntabezibomvu area in Nquthu," said Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane in a terse statement.
He said the dead were identified as Nhlakanipho Mabaso, 23, Nkomo Zulu, 29, and Simphiwe Dlamini, 30.
"It is alleged that their [the deceased's] vehicle was taken away by the suspects who proceeded to the Mabaso homestead where they allegedly shot another man and an elderly woman. Both victims were seriously injured and taken to hospital for treatment."