Manenberg gang violence has left the community unprotected

Since the gang violence that reportedly broke out in Manenberg on Monday, 11 people have died and at least seven others have been injured, according to Roegshanda Pascoe the Chairperson of the Manenberg Safety Forum.

A 16 year old teen was killed and another was wounded in a gang-related shooting yesterday and the violence has escalated to such an extent that parents have taken their children out of school.

Pascoe says that the violence is a result of warfare between two rival gangs in the community, and that Manenberg is no longer a safe area to live.

On Monday morning gang violence broke out between to rivalry gangs in Manenberg called the ‘Clever Kids’ and the ‘Hard Livings’. From there, it transpired to the brutal murder of two people that evening, and another who was shot and injured in the leg. Tuesday, all hell broke loose, with rampant shooting upon each other. Parents frantically fetched their children. Nobody is safe in the community.

Picture credit : Renee de Villiers/EWN

Community left unprotected

According to Pascoe, police presence during the ongoing gang wars has been insufficient. She says that the community is not protected, and that they feel their human rights are not being defended.

Pascoe says that she finds it ironic that government is able to deploy the South African Defence Force for the recent xenophobic violence in the country, yet Manenberg and many other communities in the Capeflats face the same degrees of violence with little intervention.

Also read: Manenberg residents renew calls for army to end gang scourge

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