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JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng police say early investigations show the victims of a mass killing on the East Rand were either stabbed to death or shot.
A second scene was discovered in Benoni on Monday afternoon, bringing the number of murders to 14.
Police suspect the victims were killed by rival gangs of illegal miners.
Police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said: “The motive for the killings might be linked to the rival gangs involved in illegal mining. At this stage, we’ve launched a manhunt for the suspects and we’ve deployed a team of detectives to investigate these killings. But we’re appealing to anyone who might have information to contact the nearest police station.”
Dlamini earlier said they suspect the men were killed in an unknown area and then dumped in different locations in Benoni.
“We don’t know exactly where they were killed. But through investigation we will be able to establish where they were killed.”
Meanwhile, illegal miners in the area have told Eyewitness News that they heard gun shots at a nearby shaft on Sunday.
They’ve warned that the so-called rival Zama Zamas are armed and dangerous.