'I was supposed to be with them': Relative of KwaNdengezi victim

'I was supposed to be with them': Relative of KwaNdengezi victim

A Durban woman who says she was meant to have gone out with the victims that were shot dead in KwaNdengezi says she can't believe what has happened.

Kwandengezi killings
Nushera Soodyal

Zibuyile Mthembu, Nkanyiso Mthembu, Wandaboy Ngcobo, Nolwazi Zamisa and their friend, Jabu were shot dead execution-style on Saturday night.

A sixth person, Nomfundo Mkhonza survived the attack and was rushed to hospital where she remains in a critical condition.

It's understood that they were stopped while driving in an SUV and ordered to get out of their car and shot.

Gugu Mabhida who is the cousin of one of the victims' says she and her boyfriend were meant to join the couples at a tavern that evening but had other commitments.

"They were at a tavern; apparently, something happened there. They were followed, then they were asked to lie down on the road and then they shot them in the head. 

"When they called us to come to the scene, we were very shocked. I can't believe it." 

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"It's indeed a great shock because I was supposed to be with them because it was a couple's night out. 

Police Minister, Bheki Cele visited some of the families on Monday.

He says they are still trying to establish the motive of this shooting - and that of another attack that happened hours earlier in the area.

In that incident - four people were killed and their bodies discovered on a school sports field.

It's thought they were stock thieves and were victims of mob justice.

"They are accused of having committed some kind of crime, there's talks about stock theft and it looks like they were taken and put in one place and then executed."

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