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Memorial service for slain Visagie held

A memorial service for Duran Visagie, the 11-year-old Scottsdene boy who was hit by a stray bullet during a gang fight on Tuesday 6 October, was held on Sunday 11 October.

The young man is said to have been on his way to buy a packet of chips and a frozen juice sucker (bompie) from a nearby tuckshop when this happened.

The Grade 5 learner at Brooklands Primary School in Northpine was rushed to hospital where he was put on life support machines before later being declared brain dead. The machine was switched off the following day.

Brooklands Primary’s principal, William Shand, describes Visagie as a friendly young man who was proudly involved in various sporting activities.

“His friendly personality made it easy for everyone to love him. His involvement in sports made us very proud,” Shand says.

Ward 7 councillor, Grant Twigg, says the community needs to start taking responsibility and name those responsible.

“You know who some of the people who commit these crimes are and you need to point them out before they could strike and kill innocent people,” Twigg says.

“If this does not happen, we will find ourselves in the same position; holding such an event at another corner after yet another child had been killed.”

Twigg says parents who know their children are involved in gang activities should do something before it is too late.

“This is not how you have raised your child. Do not see it as putting your child in jail, but as avoiding what your child could do to others.”

Three people have since been arrested for the crime.

On Saturday 10 October, a 19-year-old Scottsdene woman was arres­ted at her Yvonne Street home after police found a 9mm Norinco pistol with 26 rounds of ammunition hidden under a wendy house.

She faces charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

The officers followed up on information given by two young men (17 and 18) during questioning after they were arrested on Friday and are facing murder charges.

“After thoroughly questioning the suspects, the members received information regarding the whereabouts of the murder weapon.

“They went to search the residence of one of the suspects’ girlfriend and found the firearm with 26 rounds hidden underneath the wendy house,” provincial spokes­person Capt FC van Wyk says.

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