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EMPD and Saps to rein in ‘OVL’ gang members

It’s emerged the so-called OVL gang has over 1,000 teen members in Etwatwa.

Community members up in arms as they are tired of the infamous OVL gang. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG -The Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) and the SAPS are now trying to rein in members of the so-called OVL gang in Etwatwa, since it emerged the teenagers turned to crime after being recruited as community policing forum members by the authorities.

But authorities claim the group has been hijacked by gang leaders and this is why residents have resorted to mob justice.

The mayor and local councillors have appealed to the teenagers who are part of the OVL gang to stop with criminal activity.

Yesterday the mayor said the gang had agreed to back off, but only a few hours later an attempted necklacing took place on one of their members in the township.

Residents claim they wanted the teenager to expose the leadership of the gang.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini says after the incident, they deployed additional units to the area.

"Since yesterday it's been quiet here after we deployed more members."

The police have also appealed to the public for information on who took part in the mob justice attacks this week.

SCHOOL SAFETY

While the EMPD monitors the township near Daveyton, pupils in the area have told Eyewitness News they face intimidation from the gangs in between classes and don't feel safe.

Most of the gang members are between the ages of 14 and 18.

A pupil said gang members forced their way into the school and vandalised property.

"They've entered the premises without any permission. They've destroyed computers and other things."

He says many of his peers are afraid to attend class.

"Most of them are not going to school on a regular basis because they're afraid of what's been going on here. Sometimes they hit the wrong people."

EMPD members are stationed outside some of the schools and there have been no gatherings by the community yet.

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