Two men sought for multiple murders in Ulundi, was killed in shootout with police on Tuesday afternoon at Encanyini, KZN

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Two men sought for multiple murders in Ulundi, was killed in shootout with police on Tuesday afternoon at Encanyini, KZN

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DURBAN – On 3 March 2024 at 06:00, police received a report of a multiple murder at a homestead at Dumaneni in Ulundi.

Upon arrival at the scene, police were informed that three gunmen entered the premises and opened fire at the family members.

Four family members died at the scene and the fifth one died on the way to hospital. Five counts of murder were opened for investigation at Ulundi SAPS.

The docket was transferred to the Provincial Organised Crime Unit for further investigation. The victims were identified as Mandlenkosi Mayise (66), Delisile Mayise (63), Phemile Mayise (36), Bongathini Mayise (34) and Phindile Mayise (29).

On Tuesday afternoon, police officers from the National Intervention Unit acted on information regarding the hitmen involved in the murders in Ulundi. The information led the team to a homestead at Encanyini, KwaYanguye in Melmoth.

As police officers approached the homestead, two armed men emerged from a rondavel and opened fire at the police officers. The two suspects died at the scene following a shootout with the police officers. The deceased are believed to be in their thirties.

Police recovered a revolver and a rifle plus 24 rounds of ammunition from the deceased’s suspects. A search was conducted inside the rondavel and police found four cellphones and four rounds of shotgun ammunition.


Further investigation and a search conducted at the crime scene resulted in police recovering a shotgun, homemade firearm, a pistol and parts of a revolver. The recovered firearms will be subjected to ballistic testing. The shooting incident was reported to IPID for investigation.

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