Parents in Khutsong urged to stop protecting gangsters

Residents in Khutsong Extension 3 say they are tired of living in terror.

Khutsong residents gather at nearby field to talk about gangs terrorizing community. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Community members in Khutsong, west of Johannesburg, have called on parents who know their children are involved in crime to stop protecting them.

Residents are meeting with police and local leaders to discuss the problem of gang violence in the township.

At least two people were killed, at the weekend, allegedly by young criminals who belong to a local gang that clashed with community members.

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Residents in Khutsong Extension Three say they are tired of living in terror and would hate to have to take the law into their own hands again.

In 2013, six alleged gangsters were killed in suspected incidents of mob justice.

Community leader Matthew Griyling says gangsters who are minors should not be let off the hook.

"The police and correctional service must make sure. Now the gangsters are too young, at the age of 11 years they're concurring the entire Khutsong. We must have a centre for young people where they'll be kept safe."

Hundreds of children in the area have not been able to go to schools since the beginning of this week due to the ongoing violence.

It's unclear when they'll be able to return to class.