Police are combing the scene of a murder near Hluhluwe.
Preliminary police reports indicate the attack was carried out between 5 and 7pm on Tuesday.
Rizzoto died in the attack, his wife Maureen was assaulted and, according to a local source, their dogs hacked to death.
The number of attackers is unknown at this stage.
The Rizzoto’s vehicle was stolen during the attack but was recovered early this morning.
Crime scene officers from Richards Bay are currently processing the recovered vehicle before moving onto the scene of the crime.
By: TAMLYN JOLLY