3 kids shot in Cape Town violence

2012-05-17 08:30
Cape Town - Three children were shot and wounded in gang crossfire in two suburbs in Cape Town, the Cape Times reported on Thursday.

A 3-year-old boy was shot in his right hand as gunmen fired down Thames Avenue in Manenberg, while two 12-year-old girls were shot in their calves while playing outside their homes in Lansman Walk in Hanover Park.

Police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk said all three were hospitalised on Wednesday night.

Proudly Manenberg member Amelia September said the violence came a day after a man was shot in the head and a woman wounded in the leg.

"We are not sure why this is happening, and we are trying to engage the gangs. They say it is beyond their control. We don't know what that means," she told the newspaper.

A peace treaty between two dominant gangs, the Americans and Hard Livings, had apparently collapsed and could be a reason for the strife.

September said it was easy for people to get frustrated because of overwhelming poverty in the area and a lack of employment.

- SAPA
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