End to Etwatwa's violence in sight

The MEC met with residents & OVL gangsters who agreed to stop the violence.

FILE: Women holding the bible and praying for God to stop the violence in Etwatwa. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Safety and Security MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane has met with the so-called OVL gang, their parents and community members in Etwatwa near Daveyton and says they've agreed to bring an end to acts of vigilantism.

Three teenagers were burnt alive and another survived an attempted necklacing last week as residents took a stand against gangsterism.

No one has been arrested for the deaths and attempted murder, but Nkosi-Malobane says they're closing in on one of the suspects who has now fled the township.

"Some of the people that have been identified as the people behind the killings have run away. But one of them we're busy tracking and we're confident that very soon we'll be arresting him."

The MEC says the OVL gang and community members had a frank discussion at yesterday's meeting and both parties agreed to stop committing crime and carrying out mob justice attacks.

"We need to denounce the operation of vigilante groups as well as gangsters either inside schools or outside, and that has been agreed upon."

She says the heightened presence by police and metro police will continue for the rest of this week.

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A grade 10 pupil said she is hesitant to attend school because community members warned them to stop dating members of the OVL gang.

"We're dating those group of boys, that's why they're coming after us."

She said the adults made them choose between being part of the gang or part of the mob that's attacked them.

"I'm scared. I am always scared. I was thinking that I must go back home to the Free State. If you don't join the gang, the community still think you are a gangster."