eMBALENHLE – Residents fear for their lives after outbreaks of gangsterism.
Locals said their lives are in danger and that they are daily being terrorised by gangs.
They no longer feel safe to go out, especially at night.
People alleged that the criminal groups have taken over the township and are causing havoc and disharmony.
Gangsterism is a serious threat in the area and the number of young people who identify themselves as gangsters, is increasing.
These gangs call themselves various names, such as Weshe and Wrong Turns.
People allege that the gangsters are between 16 and 30 years old.
They are territorial and when people go to other sections, they are intimidated by these groups.
Some alleged that the gangs are boys who returned from the initiation school and some alleged that the illegal miners are also main contributors to the violence in the area.
Residents shared these sentiments after about eight people were murdered in eMbalenhle over one weekend.
Capt Busi Mthethwa, police spokesman, said violent crimes in the area are a serious concern.
“We call on residents to avoid dangerous places and to not walk alone, especially at night.
“We request those who have more information, to assist us by visiting the station.
“We are investigating and are also going to have a community meeting in the various sectors and we hope that our partnership with the community will help us to combat crime in the area.”