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Johannesburg - Six people were shot and killed in KwaZulu-Natal in two separate incidences, police said on Monday.

Spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said three people were shot and killed in Weenen on Sunday morning. Gwala said police were investigating three cases of murder, robbery and kidnapping.

"It is alleged that they were taken from their homes in the area, shot and killed by unknown suspects. The motive for their killing is unknown at this stage. They were identified as Khetha Dladla, 57, Mqhoshi Nala, 50, and Mkhuluzane Sithole, 35," Gwala said. 

In a different incident, three people were shot and killed at the Umbumbulu area,  about 13 km south-west of Durban, on Sunday night.

"It is alleged that last [Sunday] night at 7.20pm, three victims were walking on a gravel road on their way to their residences at Odidini area when they were attacked by unknown suspects. All three victims were fatally shot and the motive for their killing is unknown at this stage."

Gwala said no arrests have been made and the Umbumbulu police were investigating three charges of murder. 

KwaZulu-Natal acting Provincial Commissioner, Major-General Bheki Langa condemned the killings over the weekend.

“This is shocking and cannot be tolerated where innocent people were brutally shot and killed by ruthless thugs. Our detective team will work tirelessly in tracing those involved in these attacks. I further appeal to the community members to resolve their differences in a peaceful manner rather than using violent manner,” he said.