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Child-based gang violence generated national attention followed by the subsequent grand scale national SAPS involvement in 2020. This saw Police Minister Bheki Cele and a delegation of SAPS officials visiting the township, resulting in gang activity dramatically reducing. However, months later, it would appear the gang (the Last Warning) has reassembled, resurfacing in the area, following an alleged stabbing on Sunday, 21 February 2021.
Elaborating on the incident, a community member states, “My friend’s son was stabbed four times on Sunday by members of the Last Warning. He is now in hospital, battling to breath due to his injuries.”
Opting to remain anonymous for safety reasons, she adds this incident highlights the alarming situation Osizweni residents are now facing, with the Last Warning allegedly sporting a membership of 40 strong.
Furthermore, the community member says she suspects the membership numbers are increasing due to gang leaders telling recruits they have an inyanga (traditional healer) to make them stronger. “But they are not becoming stronger. They are dying like flies,” she stresses.
Osizweni Police Spokesperson Captain Sipho Nkosi explains that while he is not aware of the stabbing, Police remain vigilant and take proactive steps to keep gang activity to a minimum. “Police are patrolling the area and monitoring the situation. Furthermore, we are also investigating incidents potentially linked to gangs.”
As the Last Warning now allegedly re-emerges, bringing with it an increase in violence and crime, what are your thoughts?
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