Limpopo cops say 'leave gang members to us'
POLICE in Seshego near Polokwane in Limpopo have appealed to communities not to take the law into their own hands and to report criminal incidents to them.
This follows an incident in which two men, believed to be members of a notorious gang that terrorised communities in the Blood River and Mmotong villages, were beaten by residents.
Known as the West Side, the gang of mostly young boys would attack people during parties at their homes and rob them of their belongings. They would also attack people walking outside at night.
On Sunday night Mmotong community members went in search of the gang members. They allegedly caught up with two men believed to be members of the gang. The men were attacked with an assortment of objects and left for dead. They were rescued by the police, who took them to a hospital.
"We are calling on community members to exercise restraint and allow police officers to execute their duties," Seshego police spokesman Warrant Officer Mothemane Malefo said.
Two other men arrested in connection with the spate of terror by alleged gang members appeared in the Seshego Magistrate's Court yesterday.
The two, Daniel Masekela, 24, and Terrence Setwaba, 20, were arrested on Sunday after a community member, who claimed to have been mugged by them, pointed them out to police.