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7 Family Members Shot Dead At Their Relative’s Funeral


Seven relatives, aged between 29 and 79, were shot dead while mourning the death of another family member at their Tantseka village home near Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday night.



The relatives were allegedly attacked by armed men who demanded R50 000 that had been paid out to the family by a burial society. The incident has shocked the family and community of Tantseka.



Six family members – Phumzile Mgxada, 30, Nokulunga Mgxada, 42, Nkosikhona Mgxada, 29, Gcobani Mgxada, 29, Nomasango Mkangeli, 79 and Notawuzile Fukuzana, 68 – died at their home, while a seventh victim, yet to be identified, died on the way to a hospital in Mthatha.


Six of the family members were shot dead inside a rondavel, while another was shot inside the main house.



“I don’t know what they want from this family,” said Mlamli Mgxada.
Mgxada said the incident happened as they were preparing to bury his wife, Novotile Mgxada, 62, who was shot dead last week. She was to be laid to rest on Saturday.


Neighbours said they were horrified and shocked at the attack.


Robert Tapfumaneyi