By Michele Clarke MPL, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Community Safety:
The following speech was delivered today in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature by the DA’s Spokesperson on Community Safety Michele Clarke, MPL.
It is very concerning when teenagers are driven into gang violence and most likely also drug dependant. We have seen the most horrific deaths happen in Etwatwa and Daveyton this past week.
Three teenage boys were killed on Sunday and houses burnt down between gang members of the OVL and residents. On Monday two young teenagers Sabelo and Sambeko died a horror death by tire necklacing. Their family devastated as angry residents took the law into their own hands. Yesterday another teenager was necklaced.
When communities start taking the law into their hands, this becomes a very dangerous situation. Although we do not condone lawlessness it is a picture of desperation and a very dangerous one at that. Yesterday young teenagers were spotted by our members walking around with sticks and pangas.
All citizens have the right to live in a safe environment in terms of our constitution and has the right to be protected by the law. Lawlessness is out of control.
Premier we call on your intervention so that the Provincial Commissioner can bring a massive police presence into Daveyton and Etwatwa as the local police stations in that area cannot cope with what is happening.
We are sitting on a ticking time bomb in Etwatwa and Daveyton.
We cannot have vigilantly behaviour in our communities and we cannot have communities terrorized by gang members.
MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane please let’s bring back the specialized units for drugs and gangs. They go hand in hand.
It is time for action we cannot say any longer that we are in negotiations we the minister when these violent crimes are going on, on our doorsteps.
We need action.