18-year-old Siyanda Mjoli's mother had her suspicions that he was involved with a gang but he always denied it. Then came the horrific moment when she saw her son, beaten and burned, because the Daveyton community also thinks he's involved with a dangerous gang.
Nolwazi, the mother of the young boy who was necklaced and left to burn to death earlier, was terrified to find her son badly burned and laying in pain.
Briefly.co.za reported on how the Daveyton community had enough of the Freak Gang and decided to take matters into their own hands. They hunted down the suspected leader of the gang, Siyanda, and set him on fire using the 'necklace' method.
According to City Press News, Nolwazi said it wasn't the police that put out the flames. Siyanda did that himself by rolling on the grass.
He was taken to the Far East Rand Hospital in Springs and treated for his wounds.
Nolwazi says her son said the angry mob started hitting him at first and then dragged him into the streets as they searched for paraffin. When they couldn't find any, they took him to Unity Secondary School to show them where more of his fellow gang members were. Then they necklaced him.
She added that she didn't know why Siyanda was burned.
I was called in afterwards ... when he had already been burnt. What can I say? We grow and go through hurtful things.
The Freak Gang is accused of sexually assaulting and mutilating members of the Daveyton community. They allegedly cut off the private parts of their victims - men and women.
In 2017, Siyanda was in the Benoni Magistrates’ Court after he was involved in an alleged gang-related fight with the Avanza gang - rivals of the Freaks.
The case was referred to a social worker and later dismissed. One can't help but wonder if things could have turned out differently if Siyanda's case was taken with more seriousness.
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