Police call for an end to ‘Amagintsa’ funerals
Written by Keshia Jansen on February 16, 2018
Police have condemned the street racing and shooting that typically accompanies funerals of members of the ‘Amagintsa’ gang in Eastern Cape.
According to a police statement, Amagintsa is a group of alleged hijackers who are known to steal cars, only to burn them later or at the funerals of their members.
Police say that they would also start shooting at the sky, in any random direction, during the funeral procedures.
“This behaviour is unacceptable and endangers members of the public at graveyards and those attending the funeral including innocent bystanders” says Captain Khaya Tonjeni.
“That is equivalent to attempted murder or murder of innocent people,” Tonjeni adds.
Last week, police were notified that several alleged vehicle hijackers had died and were set to be buried at the weekend.
Police then deployed officers at funeral venues, main roads and graveyards to ensure orderly conduct.
Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga has pleaded community members to come forward with information regarding places used to store stolen property, drug dens, drug dealing and illegal firearms to help put an end to crime in the area.