Cape Town – Three relatives were killed in a hail of bullets, apparently during an argument over hot alcohol.
Brothers Xolile George, 19, Siyamela Dintsi, 21, and their cousin, Abongile Dintsi, 23, were shot dead in the informal Lockdown neighborhood in Delft.
Police spokeswoman Brigadier Novela Potelwa said two suspects have been arrested and will appear in Bellville Magistrates’ Court.
The families of the victims said they heard they were involved in a fight about an hour before their murder.
Their aunt, Nobantu Dintsi, described the horrific scene: “There was so much blood that I couldn’t even see which part of the body had bullet holes.
“One’s head was hanging off the side of the bed and the other was on the floor next to the bed near the wall and the other was near the door.
She says they must have been sleeping when they were attacked.
“The one near the door had to answer the door after the suspects knocked, he was wearing sandals and shorts.
“And one of them had a broken arm, they had to beat them before they shot them.
Nobantu explains that they were sleeping around 1 a.m. on Tuesday when they were alerted.
“One of their brothers came to tell us that the three are dead. So we got up to check, I thought he had made a mistake, and they were still alive.
“But when I got there, I confirmed that they were really dead, they had all been shot,” she says.
The aunt told the Daily Voice that the victims argued with clients at their shebeen.
“Witnesses say that the two suspects entered the brothers’ cabin and bought beer,” she explains.
“They asked why the beer was hot and Siyamela explained that they had no electricity.
“One of the suspects then splashed beer on Siyamela’s face, then all five of them got into a fight and when the suspects left they promised to come back.
She says about an hour later gunshots could be heard.