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Khutsong parents plead with police to arrest gangsters

Principal Gabriel Motlhabane says he is deeply saddened by the killing of one of his pupils.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Khutsong parents have pleaded with police to arrest known gangsters in the area, saying that their children are no longer safe at schools.

Last week, a 19-year-old pupil was stabbed to death allegedly by his schoolmate. Yesterday, concerned parents met with school officials and the police to discuss safety.

Principal Gabriel Motlhabane says he is deeply saddened by the killing of one of his pupils.

Parent Petrus Tlhobelo says other parents must take responsibility for their children.

"Parents stay with their child. She can see that 'my child is coming with cellphones, my child has got blood on his clothes, and he never slept at home. What is it that they've done?'

"Call the police and tell them 'here is my son. He's sleeping currently, but I know that this boy has done something last night.'"

Another concerned parent, Thokozane Nkabinde, says the gang problem is outside the school grounds too.

"You can't even go around the township safely. There are areas we regard as a non-go areas."

Parents say the gang members are known but residents fear being victimised should the suspects not be arrested or are released on bail.