Two alleged Amavondo gangsters killed by mob, four in custody

BY YOLANDA PALEZWENI - MARCH 14, 2017
Two alleged Amavondo gangsters killed by mob, four in custody

Police in Lusikisiki over the weekend arrested four male suspects, aged between 21 and 22 years-old, believed to be members of a notorious gang called the Amavondo in Lusikisiki just as two other suspected gangsters were killed by community members.

According to the police, this was after members of the Mcobothini Community near Ngqungqushe, in Lusikisiki, had gathered with the intention of hunting down members of the gang, which was allegedly behind serious crimes committed in the area.

Local police responded in time and managed to rescue the four suspected gangsters from the mob and took them to Lusikisiki police station for interrogation.

However, while officers were still busy at the police station, they were told that two other suspected Amavondo gangsters had been killed and set alight by the community members.

“The two victims are alleged to be the students from Ngqungqushe FET, age and names unknown at the moment, and two counts of murder opened for further investigation,” said police spokesperson, Captain Mduduzi Godlwana.

He added that following the killing of the two suspects, the community was called to the police station where they cautionedabout taking the law into their own hands.

“SAPS strongly condemns that the community decided to take the law into their own hands, they must refrain from such because now that they have decided to take the wrong path the law must take its tall, and we will make sure we leave no stone unturned and bring the perpetrators to book,” said Captain Godlwana.

The four suspects made their first appearance at Lusikisiki Magistrate's Court on Monday facing two counts murder, three counts of rape and robbery as well as assault with the intention to cause grievious body damage.

The case was postponed to next week Wednesday for a formal bail hearing.