Etwatwa necklacing 'kingpin' arrested

2015-09-20 08:59
The spot where the bodies of two boys who had been necklaced in Etwatwa was discovered. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

The spot where the bodies of two boys who had been necklaced in Etwatwa was discovered. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Johannesburg - Two more people have been arrested in connection with the necklacing of the Mayisela twins in Etwatwa on the East Rand.

The 53-year-old and the 19-year-old are thought to be behind the abduction and killing of 16-year-old twins Sabelo and Samkelo Mayiseli last Tuesday in a standoff between two anti-crime groups in the area.

''It's a big breakthrough,'' said Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department spokesperson Clifford Shongwe.

The older man arrested had been sought by police since the violence started and is believed to preside over cases where a self-appointed anti-crime group takes action against people it believes have committed crimes, bypassing the criminal justice system. In this case it appeared the victims were members of a group called "OVL" initially set up to stamp out use of the drug Nyaope but another anti-crime group turned on them.

The two will appear in the Daveyton Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Four other people were arrested last Monday.

Two other youths were also necklaced last week. One died and the other survived after emergency hospital care.

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