It would seem the Thamaga gang problems may have reached their highest point and may be more serious than it was first thought. Something that was always seen as a passing phase by bored teenagers in the village, is now proving to be more complicated.
Residents of the village are pointing fingers at the police for going easy on gang members and are now convinced that the replacing of the currrent law enforcement officers there with fresh new faces could solve the problems.
On the other hand, police are accusing the residents of bad parenting; for hiding their naughty children when they are wanted by the police for discipline. The local kgotla also seems to concur- only a handful of the parents report their children for misdemeanours.
At the local secondary school, the schoolteachers are now fed up: they have had enough of the lawlessness, which they feel starts at family level. In fact, according to a report on this issue, the teachers want out of this village because the children attack the teachers, and do nasty stuff like smoke dagga during class in full view of teachers and other students.
As if not enough, some elders in the village have now been identified as the ringleaders of this gang. A teacher who