City provides refuge for family of ambushed women


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The City of Ekurhuleni has come to the rescue of the remaining members of the family of the five women who were attacked by gunmen in a Zama Zama turf war at the N12 informal settlement near Chief Albert Luthuli in Benoni on Thursday. Five women were shot and four died instantly while another is recovering in hospital. The city has provided the surviving members of the family with a safe house, food and undertook to assist with the burials of the deceased.

The family was also taken for counselling. During a visit to the family on Saturday, Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor lamented the violence in the area and appealed for peace and stability. "Our hearts go out to the family at this time of need. I cannot not even begin to imagine how they must feel after witnessing five of their own violently attacked in the comfort of their home," Masina said, adding that the city has a duty to protect its residents. He said after listening to horrific details of the incident which happened 'in front young children I can only describe it as vicious, barbaric and senseless'. "What makes this situation worse is that the family was still trying to deal with the loss of a family member who was among the seven men who found dead in veld near a defunct mine in the area on Sunday," The city has increased police visibility in the area in an effort to bring back peace and stability.

"There is a lot of tension there and while understand that the people may be scared, the only way we can bring back everlasting peace in the area will be through the arrests of the perpetrators. For this to happen, we appeal to the community to co-operate with the police and pass on information that will lead to such arrests," Masina said. Meanwhile, Masina undertook to raise the matter of senseless killings and illegal mining with the minister of police. "All these killings can be directly linked to the issue of illegal mining and I shall be raising this with the min