Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned about the spate of mass killings in KwaZulu-Natal. It cannot be that, in less than two weeks, more than fifteen people have been killed in almost the same manner – in a hail of gunfire.

Eight members of the same family were killed when an unknown person opened fire in Umvoti ; just a few days after a family of five were also killed in Marianhill, with the latest, the death of three family members who were shot and killed (Folweni) – all in the same province. Most of the deceased are women and children.

Something is not right. What could the motives be? KwaZulu-Natal is a known battlefield of political intolerance, but the seemingly arbitrary nature of these mass murders is serious cause for concern. Many lives have been lost since the start of 2017 and something other than nonstop investigations must be done.

We welcome the arrest of four suspects on the Marianhill murder; however more needs to be done to stop this inhumane bloodshed.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Organised Crime Task Team, the National Intervention Unit and Crime Intelligence must get to the bottom of this phenomenon immediately and stop this egregious violence.