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KZN police urge Umlazi locals to report criminals after mass shooting

28 February 2017 5:10 PM
Residents went on a rampage on Sunday after 4 people were murdered and 8 others hospitalised, but police need info from locals.

Police have urged locals in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal to come forward with any information regarding criminal activity in their community.

This follows the arrest of a 25-year-old suspect, in connection with the shooting of eight people at a local tavern in Umlazi.

It's reported that an unknown group of men entered the township over the weekend where they held up patrons at gunpoint and robbed them of their cellphones and money.

The same suspects then went to another house in the area where four members of a family were shot and killed, explains the police’s Thembeka Mbhele.

Community members in Umlazi went on a rampage on Sunday following the mass shooting and threatened to burn down the houses of those they suspected of committing these horrific crimes.

Umlazi resident Mlungisi called in to lament the crime situation in the township and the poor police response.

"The entire township of Umlazi has basically just turned into a war-zone", he told Redi Tlhabi.

But Mbhele has responded saying that communities need to expose and report criminal suspects and vigilantes.

She says many residents with information about crime do not come forward because they often keep the fact that family members are addicts and rob to buy drugs.

Families need to be brave, but they keep quiet until crimes like this happen.

Colonel Thembeka Mbhele, KZN Police spokesperson

Mbhele says that unsatisfied residents should come forward with police complaints to relevant station commanders.

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28 February 2017 5:10 PM