‘Seven women from one family’ killed in South Africa

Gunmen have shot dead seven women from the same family in a village in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, local media reports.

The unknown gunmen stormed two family homes next to each other, before opening fire.

The governing African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal said it had learned of the killings with “great pain and sadness”.

“Clearly something is not right in our province and needs all of us, beyond political affiliations, to join hands in an effort to defeat this new tendency,” its spokesman Mdumiseni Ntuli said.

It is not clear whether the killings are politically motivated.

KwaZulu-Natal has seen a spike in politicall killings, with 35 people murdered since last year. – BBC