Umlazi residents react to mass shooting
DURBAN – Community members in Umlazi went on the rampage on Sunday following a mass shooting that left four people dead and eight more injured.
Community has gathered outside the home where 4 were murdered yesterday. Reports of a house burnt in retaliation. #Umlazi
2:23 PM – 26 Feb 2017 · Umlazi, South Africa
A crowd gathered at the house where a family was attacked by armed men on Friday after they had attacked a local tavern. A mother and her three children were among the dead and a woman was raped.
Members of the community said they were tired of “drug dealers and violence in the area”.
The local police arrived to disperse the crowd of angry residents who were unhappy about the police’s presence.
Colonel Thembeka Mbhele says the community gathered this morning at a hall before incidents of public violence. #Umlazi
3:43 PM – 26 Feb 2017 · Umlazi, South Africa
Police believe three houses were burnt and a 14-year-old was kidnapped in retaliation to Friday night’s attacks.
3:25 PM – 26 Feb 2017 · Umlazi, South Africa
One of the torched houses. #Umlazi
3:24 PM – 26 Feb 2017 · Umlazi, South Africa
It is believed that police killed one of the assailants during the attack but the others fled the scene. The Social Development Department is offering counselling to the victims.