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3 teens burnt to death in Etwatwa

A teen was burnt to death at the weekend while another two were killed the same way on Tuesday.

FILE. The violence was apparently started by Etwatwa residents who claim the gang has been terrorising the community. Picture: sxc.hu.

JOHANNESBURG - Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) have confirmed three teenage boys have been burnt to death since Sunday and three houses set alight in apparent gang-related violence in Etwatwa near Daveyton.

In the first incident at the weekend members of the 'OVL' gang killed one teenager by placing a tyre over his body and setting it alight.

EMPD said on Tuesday another two boys belonging to the same gang were killed the same way.

The violence was apparently started by Etwatwa residents who claim the gang has been terrorising the community.

EMPD's Clifford Shongwe says police are still patrolling the township.

"We're still patrolling, but we only using police Nyalas because we can't use normal vehicles as residents are quite violent and are throwing stones at our normal vehicles. For now it appears to be calm, but we don't know if it will flare up again later."

Four school children between the ages of 14 and 18 have been arrested in connection with the murder of the three teenagers.

Shongwe says, "Four of them were arrested, but they're minors so they might be released. But at the moment they're still in custody. The community must not take the law into their own hands."