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‘OVL gang has over 1,000 teen members’

Residents in Etwatwa say the gang of boys aged between 14 and 19 are terrorising the community.

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

ETWATWA - Etwatwa residents near Daveyton on the East Rand have told Eyewitness News there are more than 1,000 boys between the ages 14 and 19 operating in the so called OVL gang.

They say they are being terrorised by the gang and they don't trust the police to protect them.

A teenage boy survived a necklacing attack on Thursday afternoon and was rushed to hospital where he's recovering.

Earlier this week three other teenagers were burnt to death in what's believed to be similar attack on members of the OVL gang.

One Etwatwa teenager says he was targeted by the OVL gang and now has to say away from school because he is scared.

"They attacking my home because I don't want to join them. That's why they come n my home. "

Residents have told Eyewitness News police that are arresting them for acting in self-defence against a gang that is holding the community at ransom.

Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.

This resident says he believes the police are working with the gangsters in the area.

"The police are not helping us, they are always against us and they are with the gangsters."

He says the boy who was nearly necklaced yesterday is a top leader in the gang and they did what they needed to protect themselves.

Police are calling on the residents to work with them to stop the killings in the area rather than taking the law into their own hands.

MORE POLICE DEPLOYED

A heavy contingency of police has been deployed to Etwatwa on the East Rand after community members attempted to necklace a teenage boy.

Residents became angry after the media and the police arrived on the scene saying journalists may not take pictures on Thursday.

Some were shouting at the media, leading to both the police and media leaving the area.

Journalists were warned that they may not take pictures.

Some of the older residents believe they know who was behind the latest attack and have agreed to work with the police.

Gauteng police also deployed additional units to Etwatwa.