Gangsterism has become more noticeable in Daveyton since the lockdown. The community is experiencing more crime than before the lockdown.
There is a new gang that has formed and it is terrorising the community. The new gang calls itself ‘Boko Haram’, after the Nigerian terrorist organisation. The Daveyton ‘Boko Haram’ is a mixture of people who were part of other gangster groups who have now merged into one group that is now busy terrorising the community. They are using the COVID-19 regulations to their advantage since most people are indoors. The gang preys on the few ones who are outside.
Members of ‘Boko Haram’ walk the neighbourhood streets with weapons such as knives, guns, golf sticks, and even shovels while they also use dogs to rob. They don’t care what happens to victims as long as they get what they want. They take possessions such as shoes, money, or clothes and if you resist then they attack.
“These boys are real, I thought it was a joke when I was told about the gang until I got stabbed,” said Khutso. The victim got stabbed by a gang member after he refused to give them R50 which they saw him put in his pocket. The incident occurred on 22 July 2020 around 12:25 PM. He said that they wanted money and cigarette, he told them he doesn’t have all that, they then started assaulting him and stabbed him 3 times on his back. Khutso was rushed to the local clinic.
Gang members are in every part of Daveyton and nearby, townships like Etwatwa, Barcelona, Railway, Sgodi and all other parts of Daveyton. No one is doing a thing about this due to the fact that they focusing on the pandemic. Community members are worried more about the people who have to wake up early in the morning going to school and work as they may run into the gangsters.
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