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Ekurhuleni mayor condemns mob justice attacks in Etwatwa

Mayor Gungubele has called for restraint after 3 teenagers were burnt to death in the area this week.

FILE: Angry residents in Etwatwa allegedly necklaced two suspected gang members after a young boy was killed in a similar way at the weekend. Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Ekurhuleni Mayor Mondli Gungubele has condemned acts of gangsterism and mob justice in Etwatwa, near Daveyton, and says the community must have faith in police and supply them with information.

Three teenagers have been burnt to death in the township this week.

The mayor's office says a young boy's charred remains were found in a field on Sunday morning.

Twin brothers were then killed later that evening in the same way.

Gungubele's spokesperson Zweli Dlamini says the community must remain calm.

"He [Gungubele] has also condemned mob justice attacks that are now being perpetuated by the community. He has called for restraint and has called for the city to lead discussions with all relevant stakeholders in order to bring the situation to normality."

Meanwhile, police have been accused of ignoring the gangsterism problem until it 'boiled over'.

Police say the teenagers were between the ages of 14 and 18 and were burnt alive over the weekend.

Two of them were twins.

Today calm returned to the township, while councillors from the city of Ekurhuleni met with some residents to resolve the tensions.

The 'OVL' gang was apparently formed in a bid to stop nyaope addicts from breaking into homes and robbing community members.

Siyabonga Moloi lives in the township and says his brother joined the gang around four months ago.

"When he decided to join the gang, he would just leave home and say he was going to play soccer; only to find out that he was busy with these things. We called him to order several times."

He says the police knew who the gang members are but they did not act.

"I think the involvement of police in this [situation] continues to create instability because they are not doing anything to assist. My mother went to open a case against my brother so they take him, but they didn't want to take him."

No one has been arrested for the murders.