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Red wedding: Five killed in shootout during Eastern Cape nuptials

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Oct 25, 2021

Five people have been brutally gunned down at an Eastern Cape wedding, with police launching a manhunt for those responsible for the killings, which took place on Saturday evening. 

While enjoying a traditional wedding ceremony in the Zwelitsha Locality in Katkop, guests were ambushed in one of the rondavels by a group of male suspects who opened fire on them. 

Wedding guests gunned down  

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson in the Eastern Cape, Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana, said in a statement on Sunday that the groom was among those killed, and said that Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Zithulele Dladla, “expressed shock and dismay… at the heartless and insensitive attack”. 

“According to the information, on Friday, 22 October 2021, the family had a traditional wedding engagement ceremony for one of the deceased. The report further suggests that the family gathered again on Saturday to wrap up and conclude the ceremony,” said Kinana. 

“It is alleged that whilst the five deceased men aged between 30 and 50 were sitting in one of the rondavels in the homestead, unidentified male suspects appeared and started shooting and killing all of them at the scene. They thereafter disappeared without trace. The number of the suspects is also unknown.”

Manhunt launched  

Kinana added that the motive for the crime is not known at this stage, however police have registered five murder cases for investigation. No arrest has been made at this stage. 

“Major General Dladla has ordered the establishment of a special task team of capable investigators to trace, track and arrest the culprits. A 72-hour mobilisation plan has also been activated in order to rally all the necessary resources for a possible speedy arrest of the suspects,” he said. 

“Anyone with information that will lead to the arrest of the suspects is kindly requested to please make contact with Katkop Police Station or call the investigating officer Colonel Mtshiyo at 071 475 2292 or dial 08600 10111.”

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