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Etwatwa protests against 'OVL' gang members subsides

Residents allegedly necklaced two suspected gang members after a young boy was killed in a similar way.

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 - The Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) and police have managed to quell protests by community members in Etwatwa on the East Rand, following the murder of three teenagers this week.

Angry residents allegedly necklaced two suspected gang members after a young boy was killed in a similar way at the weekend.

EMPD say the community told them they're fed up with the so-called OVL gang terrorising residents.

Residents have been gathering outside the high school during the week to find the gangsters, most of whom are between the ages of 14 and 18. Some residents claim the same people who were looking for the gangsters, are behind the necklacing of two of the boys this week.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini says they have not yet identified any suspects behind the killings, but that SAPS is aware of claims of mob justice.

"We don't know who committed this crime. On Monday the bodies were found but at this stage we don't know. The investigation is ongoing and no one has been arrested."

He adds they don't know whether the suspected gang members were killed by the members of the community.

A resident from Etwatwa resident says the OLV gang is well known in the area and community members are tired of being intimidated by them.

"The community started a group, just to fight the gangsterism. They are fighting back, but in a bad way because they're killing each other."

At the same time, four school children between the ages of 14 and 18 have been arrested in connection with the murder of the three teenagers.

Police say they will remain in the area throughout the day to prevent further gatherings.

Pictures: Govan Whittles/EWN