“Five were found dead today [Monday], while the other six died between 18 and 24 November 2018 at different locations in Sondela informal settlement. We are currently treating them as separate incidents,” said North West police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone.

He said some people had been burnt and others were stabbed, with the first two allegedly set alight between Saturday and Sunday.

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Locals said the killings were sparked by an allegation that Sotho-speaking people had been stealing from Xhosa-speaking people at the settlement.

A group of Sotho men, known as Russians, and a group of Xhosa men have been involved in sustained clashes since 17 November.

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Some residents have fled their homes, while others say they’re living in fear but cannot leave their houses as they fear they will be occupied by the warring groups.

Mokgwabone said the police cannot confirm yet if the violence is ethnic- or gang-related.

“We will allow the investigation to unfold and we will confirm the motive thereafter. There is no arrest yet, [sic]” he said.

– African News Agency