YOUTH gang runs amok

GANG violence has erupted in Embo, near Hillcrest in KwaZulu-Natal, after a teenager was allegedly killed by a rival gang member.

GANG violence has erupted in Embo, near Hillcrest in KwaZulu-Natal, after a teenager was allegedly killed by a rival gang member.

Young friends of the victim are now searching for the suspect and are assaulting his acquaintance.

The suspect's girlfriend was attacked by the gang and has fled the area with their young child.

Embo is a rural settlement of almost 1000 people.

Thabiso Sibisi, 15, was stabbed in the back and chest last Friday after an argument. He died at the scene. He will be buried tomorrow.

His family has urged the police to make a quick arrest to prevent further deaths and violence.

His mother, Thembe, said yesterday: "People are angry that the person who killed my child is not from the area. I have heard about the attacks and I am very much against them because they are directed at innocent people."

People under attack in the area left the Eastern Cape to look for work in KwaZulu-Natal.

Police patrolled the area yesterday and children left school early.

A vegetable hawker said she hoped a community meeting planned for last night would help to restore peace.

"I am sure there will be solutions to bring peace and tolerance. We cannot have this violence," she said.

A truck driver, who did not want his name published said he was afraid he might be the next victim.

"I am terrified of leaving my home. These people are serious and want to kill," he said.

Police spokesperson Jay Naicker said police investigating Sibisi's murder have been told about the attacks on innocent people.

"They are reportedly carrying a picture of the suspect and are terrorising the community, demanding to know the suspect's whereabouts," Naicker said.

He said that no cases of assault have been opened.

"We have deployed more police to patrol the area. We appeal to people not to take the law into their hands but to report incidents to the police."

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