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Eight people have been shot at Esigcakini township in Richmond in KwaZulu-Natal. Two others were wounded in the attack.
The deceased are aged between 15 to 41 years old and one of the deceased is a 17-year-old female.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Jay Naicker says the incident happened around 9 o’clock on Friday night. He says it is believed that the homestead was being used as a drug den.
Police are investigating eight counts of murder and two of attempted murder.
“According to neighbours, at 21:00 they heard gunshots emanating from the homestead and proceeded to investigate. That is when they discovered that eight people were killed and two were injured in the attack on the homestead. Police at Richmond are investigating eight counts of murder and two of attempted murder.”
Naicker adds: “They are appealing to anyone who may have information with regards to the identity of the deceased to contact them or Crime Stop on 08600 10111. According to information gathered from the community, it appears that the homestead was being used as a drug den and it is suspected that the attack might be drug-related.”
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker gives the latest update: