No one charged for murder of three Daveyton teens

2015-09-21 20:00
The spot where the boys' bodies were discovered. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

The spot where the boys' bodies were discovered. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Johannesburg - Police on Monday confirmed that no one had been officially charged for the murders of three East Rand teenagers who were necklaced in Daveyton last week. 

Since the killings, four people had been arrested, but all had been released, said Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini. 

"The investigations are continuing because none of them have been linked to the cases," said Dlamini. 

While two of those arrested at the weekend had been expected to appear in the Daveytyon Magistrate's Court earlier on Monday, Dlamini said their matters were never put on the roll. He said the two men, aged 53 and 19, were released after being questioned by police. 

The bodies of two of the victims, twins Sabelo and Samkelo Maisela, were found in an open field on Tuesday.

The 16-year-olds had apparently been necklaced by an angry mob which had kidnapped them from their home on Monday around midnight.

The boys were allegedly members of a prominent gang in Etwatwa called the OVL (One Vision Lover).

Gang members were apparently being targeted by the community who were fed up with lawless youths committing violent crimes in the area and getting away with it.

Some residents said the police were not doing enough to deal with the gang and this was why residents had resorted to taking matters into their own hands.

Another teenage boy was burnt alive last week on Sunday in the same fashion as the Maisela twins.

A tyre was forced over his body and he was doused with petrol and set alight.

Four OVL members were arrested the following day, but later released.

On Thursday, another member of the OVL gang, who is believed to be the ringleader, was physically assaulted and set alight in a similar fashion.

Police arrived on the scene soon afterwards, put out the fire and took the boy to hospital where he was believed to still be recovering.

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