A case of murder is under investigation after three of nine teenagers were hacked to death in Etwatwa, Ekurhuleni.
Etwatwa police spokesperson Captain Pheello Mothapo said nine youngsters, aged from 17 to 18, were in an Etwatwa home in Emaphupheni on Sunday when three men, one of whom was armed, entered the house.
The teenagers were divided into groups of four and five.
Mothapo said the group of five were tied with cable ties and instructed to go outside, Benoni City Times reported.
“The four remaining teenagers were left inside the home while the other five were taken outside, where a group of community members had gathered, wielding knives, pangas and spades. The five were instructed to go to the railway line,” said Mothapo.
He said two of the victims untied themselves and ran away.
The two notified the police who later discovered the bodies of the three who were unable to flee at the railway line.
The four teenagers who were left in the house were unharmed.
Mothapo said police at this stage did not know the motive behind the crime, but police were investigating.
A case of murder had been opened.
Anyone with information about the crime can contact the Etwatwa Police Station on 011 746 8900.