Home set alight in KZN faction fighting

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Published Apr 14, 2015


Durban - Another home was set alight in the continuing faction violence in KwaMaphumulo, near KwaDukuza, this time on Sunday night.

The feuding areas, KwaNdaba and KwaMzulini, have experienced a series of gun and fire attacks over the past week when three people were killed and three homes burnt.

Speaking about Sunday’s incident, which occurred in the KwaNdaba area, a neighbour said he first heard several gunshots from a distance and when he peeked through his window, one house belonging to the Manqele family was ablaze.

“I later learnt from a family member that they had also hadgunshots fired into their home,” said the neighbour who asked to remain anonymous.

The local induna, Bongani Khanyile, said he received a call from a member of the family at about 8pm letting him know that they had been attacked.

The affected family was not available for comment.

A years-old stick-fighting incident between young men from the two warring areas in which one man was killed is said to be the cause of the continuing violence.

Provincial police spokes-man, Colonel Jay Naicker, confirmed that three cases of arson were being investigated by the KwaMaphumulo police.

He could not yet confirm Sunday’s incident.

Naicker said no arrests had been made in the arson and murder cases and investigations were continuing.


Meanwhile, the police have appealed to anyone with information about the killing of four men, including a Tactical Response Team police officer, in eZakheni, Ladysmith, on Friday night, to come forward.

Constable Mboniseni Zungu, 33, Nkosiyakhe Mabaso, 33, Thanda, 31, whose surname had not yet been established, and a fourth person who had not been officially identified, were found dead with multiple bullet wounds inside a silver-grey VW Polo just before 8pm.

Police said a number of heavy calibre cartridges were recovered at the scene.

KZN police commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, condemned the killings, saying that the SAPS had suffered a great loss in Zungu.

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