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News: Police make a breakthrough in the Taylor’s Halt mass murder


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner KwaZulu-Natal

DURBAN – Police investigations, spearheaded by the Provincial Serious Violent Crimes Murder and Robbery Unit have resulted in the arrests of four suspects who are linked to the brutal killings of thirteen people at Taylor’s Halt, Pietermaritzburg on Sunday, 14 May 2023.

Eight people were burnt to death inside an RDP house, whilst others succumbed to their injuries in hospital. Another dead body was found with burn wounds in the bushes, a short distance from the scene of crime. The matter was escalated to the Murder and Robbery Unit under the Serious Violent Crime Unit who hit the ground running. Immaculate investigations isolated the suspected murderers and police pounced on them on Tuesday, 13 June 2023.

Investigations are continuing with the investigating team not ruling out possibilities of more arrests. The four suspects, who ages have not been confirmed as yet, will be presented before court soon.


Colonel Robert Netshiunda
082 ‪569 7629


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