My child won't be held hostage – Manenberg resident

2016-04-18 12:00
Two children play in a Manenberg park as a neighbour keeps an eye over them. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Two children play in a Manenberg park as a neighbour keeps an eye over them. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - One of Manenberg’s community leaders has said her 11-year-old daughter is determined to go to school despite ongoing gang warfare, and “won’t be held hostage” in her own community.

Bullets and bloodshed continue to plague Manenberg, despite warring gangs meeting for “peace talks” on Sunday.

Although the gangs agreed to end the violence, residents said shots rang out right through the night, and the streets of the Cape Flats community remained tense.

Roegchanda Pascoe of the Manenberg Safety Forum said shooting continued into the early hours of Monday morning.

“When I walked the streets on Monday morning, the gangsters told me ‘Ma, daar is nog nie peace nie [there isn’t peace yet]’,” she said.

Many parents kept their children home from school out of fear that they could be caught in the crossfire.

Pascoe said others, like her 11-year-old daughter, refused to let gun-toting gangsters determine their movements.

“My child told me that she wouldn’t allow anyone to hold her hostage. She is determined to go to school.”

Two dead over weekend

Two people were shot dead over the weekend. On Sunday, a gunman walked into a house in Peta Walk and shot a 24-year-old man twice in the chest. He died on the scene, police said. The suspect fled the scene and is yet to be apprehended.

On Saturday, a 40-year-old man was shot numerous times from behind while walking down Sonderend Road. He ran into the doorway of a house, where he died. Nine spent cartridges were collected at the scene.

A 25-year-old man survived after being shot in both legs as he walked to a shop to buy cigarettes at 03:30.

Pascoe said not all injuries were necessarily reported to police. Many gangsters opted not to seek medical assistance as gunshot wounds needed to be reported to authorities.

Meanwhile, many locals were stranded as most taxis refused to drive into the area. Most residents made use of the minibuses to get to and from work.

“Right now they are dropping people on the main routes because they are too scared to drive into the area,” Pascoe said.

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