Youth gang kills boy
Friends, family and community members gathered at the Methodist Church in Thembalethu on Saturday 7 April to pay a moving tribute to the latest victim of youth gang-related violence in Thembalethu. Avuye Thyuthuza (15), a Grade 9 learner at PW Botha College, was stabbed to death by rival youth gang members on Sunday 1 April in Zone 9.
According to the police, Avuye belonged to a gang called Havoc. His fatal stabbing follows a previous clash between the Havocs and Milanos involving various weapons. In the early hours of 1 April another fight broke out between the two gangs, during which Avuye was stabbed multiple times on his upper body. Thembalethu police communications officer Dumile Gwavu said the victim was taken to hospital where he died. Following the stabbing, six boys between the ages of 17 and 19 were arrested and appeared in the George Magistrate's Court on 5 April.
"One suspect was later released as he could not be linked to the case. The case was remanded to 13 April and the five suspects remain in custody," Gwavu said.
During his funeral service, speakers described Avuye as a kind and sweet boy who loved his family and friends. They said no one would ever have guessed that he was involved in gangrelated activities.
His friends and schoolmates couldn't hold back the tears when Avuye was laid to rest. Speakers at the funeral condemned all gang violence and activities.
This murder follows two weeks after a 17-year-old learner was stabbed in the right arm by another 17-year-old at Thembalethu High School on Tuesday 13 March.
Youth-related gang violence in Thembalethu is becoming the norm as the area has witnessed a number of gang murders and violence involving youths over the past two years.
Yesterday, just before going to press, the
George Herald received information that another gang fight broke out on Tuesday in Thembalethu during which two young boys were stabbed. The information could not be confirmed with the police.
A boy wears a T-shirt in memory of Avuye Thyuthuza at the funeral. RIGHT: Mourners fill the church for Avuye’s funeral service yesterday, 11 April.