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3 arrested after teen necklaced in Daveyton mob attack

A 17-year-old was necklaced near school premises in full view of other pupils at the East Rand school on Wednesday.

Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane has confirmed three people have been arrested in connection with a mob justice attack at the Unity Secondary School in Daveyton.

A 17-year-old was necklaced near school premises in full view of other pupils at the East Rand school on Wednesday.

It’s alleged the pupil and another man, who was beaten to death by community members, were part of a gang.

MEC Panyaza Lesufi and Nkosi-Malobane visited the school on Friday.

The Community Safety MEC says they’re also searching for more people linked to the violence.

“I think we’re going to arrest more people who are involved in mob justice. Some of them have decided to run, but we’re aware of their whereabouts and we’ll ensure that we arrest them.”

Nkosi-Malobane says no pupils from the school have been identified as being part of a suspected gang at this stage.

Pupils at the Unity Secondary School have been left traumatised after witnessing the attack by angry residents.

“From that day, things haven’t been well here at school… it’s so difficult for us to learn,” said one learner.

Nkosi-Malobane says the boy was taken to this particular school because community members suspected his friends were involved in gang activities.

“Some of the group ran to this school to start looking for those people. The boy was, unfortunately, attacked on his way to come and point out his friends.”

Three people have been arrested in connection with the mob attack and police are looking for more suspects.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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