Five members of the same family have been killed in a massacre that claimed six lives near Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, police said on Thursday.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said 10 people were in a homestead in the Mpumalanga area near Hammarsdale, just outside Durban, when they heard gunshots.
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Naicker said it was believed that the assailants fired shots through the window and door at around 20:30, killing six people
Of the six, five were from the same family. The sixth was identified as a neighbour.
"A 3-year-old child was rushed to a clinic. Three of the family members who were also watching TV were not injured. The motive for the killing is unknown at this stage. Police are investigating to establish a possible motive."
He added that a shotgun and 9mm pistol were used.
"A number of rounds were found at the crime scene."