5 arrests in Limpopo gang violence

2017-02-16 15:29
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Tzaneen - Limpopo police said on Thursday they have arrested five gang members linked to violence in Dan village near Tzaneen.

The arrest comes five days after rival group members were axed and killed in an alleged revenge attack involving feuding gangs.

The village in Mopani district has suffered a spate of violent attacks, rapes, robberies and drugs as rival gangs Boko Haram and Sankhinyo wage war against each other.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoape said two suspects were arrested on Wednesday while three others were arrested on Thursday.

They are suspected of killing Freedom Nukeri and Joel Nkgapele over the weekend.
The third victim survived the attack but is fighting for his life in hospital.

Six years of gang torment

"We have arrested five suspects, but our operation is still on going," Ngoape told News24, adding that more arrests were expected.

"Our investigators indicate that the five don't belong to one group, two are said to be belonging to one group while other three are for the rival group," he said.

On Wednesday Premier Stan Mathabatha called for an end to gang violence.

Residents said the gangs have been tormenting villagers for the past six years.

Ngoape said: "We hope putting these [gang] members behind bars it will eliminate revenge and their deeds."
Community leaders believe that police could have helped curb gangsterism in the village had they intervened earlier.

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