No arrests in attempted Etwatwa necklacking

2015-09-17 19:03
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 – No arrests have been made following the attempted necklacing of another teenager in Etwatwa on Thursday, Ekurhuleni Metro Police said.

The youth, in his late teens, was suspected of being a member of the OVL gang, spokesperson Clifford Shongwe said.

He was recovering in hospital. It was not known what OVL meant.

Since Sunday, three teenagers died after being necklaced, a practice that involves forcing a tyre over the victim’s body and setting it alight. Three houses were also burnt.

Four OVL members were arrested on Monday.

The two boys killed on Tuesday, 16-year-old twins Sabelo and Samkelo Mayisela, were suspected to have been OVL members. Elizabeth Mayisela, the pair's great aunt, told News24 that for as long as she could remember, they were good boys who loved going to church.

The violence was apparently due to conflict between local residents and the gang.

Shongwe said Pastor Paseka 'Mboro' Motsoeneng, of the Incredible Happenings church in Wadeville, Germiston, arrived in the area in two black Mercedes-Benz cars on Thursday afternoon to address residents and offer prayers.

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