CNS Reporter/Zintle Mahlati
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17 Sep 2015
2:09 pm

Teens burnt to death in East Rand ‘gang war’

CNS Reporter/Zintle Mahlati

A case of murder has been opened after three teenagers, aged between 14 and 18, were burnt to death in Etwatwa, Benoni, on the East Rand.

Police investigators. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department spokesperson Clifford Shongwe said a teenager was killed when a tyre was placed around his neck and set alight on Sunday, Benoni City Times reported.

He was allegedly set alight by OVL gang members.

“On Monday four teenagers, who are suspected gang members, were arrested in connection with the murder. In retaliation, on Tuesday, community members went to schools searching for suspected gang members. Two teenagers were found and later necklaced,” said Shongwe.

Shongwe said three houses were also burnt by community members, because they were believed to belong to gang members.

Ekurhuleni mayor Mondli Gungubele has condemned the gang violence in the area saying violence is never the answer to any problem, especially gang-related violence, which is a cancer that eats into the community, claiming many lives in process.

“Although the community is commended for taking a stance against gangsterism in Daveyton, it is regrettable that some have actually gone further, to take the law into their own hands,” added Gungubele.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini confirmed the incidents saying police investigation are ongoing.

In a separate incident, a suspected criminal was beaten to death and his apparent accomplice injured in an alleged mob justice attack in Comet, Boksburg, Gauteng, in June.

Fed up with criminal gangs reigning on the streets of the former mine houses in Comet, residents of the area reportedly decided to take matters into their own hands.

The residents said a “hardcore” gang of criminals has been threatening the Comet community with guns and committing robbery, rape and theft in the area.

– Caxton News Service