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.

  • shamiela.naidoo - 2012-05-17 08:43

    OMG... this City has turned into a battle field and innocent children are getting hurt, this must come to an end. Where is PAGAD now? Get rid of these gangs,PEOPLE WE NEED TO STANBD TOGETHER AND PROTECT OUR CHILDREN!!!

      revaro.winkler - 2012-05-17 08:58

      its been a batle gorund forever only where zille and de lilles people sits theres peace in the rural areas its war

      Ben - 2012-05-17 09:25

      @revaro.winkler English...learn it..

      Shannon - 2012-05-17 09:52

      Where is PAGAD?? Shamiela, PAGAD are the biggest gangsters!! Down with them all!!

      Peter-Peter - 2012-05-17 11:27

      lol, pagad did get out of hand for a while...they became bigger gangsters than the ones they were trying to track down and all. Car bombings, murders much as i hate gangsterism, another pagad, wouldn't be the answer. Gangster-ism is here to stay, no country has ever beat it, and as long as children don't have a childhood, and parents let them do as they like (Ive seen MANY articles with mothers acknowledging that their dead child was a gangster). Its going to be a never ending battle or an itch we just...cant....scratch

  • John - 2012-05-17 08:50

    "September said it was easy for people to get frustrated because of overwhelming poverty in the area and a lack of employment". Stop excusing their criminal behavior. Its ego's, power and drugs at play here. Time to stop "engaging" and start arresting..... THATS YOUR JOB

      Trudy - 2012-05-17 09:24

      "Thats your job" She's a policewoman? Does not seem like that to me.

  • Jacques - 2012-05-17 08:57

    Scum! I think a hell of a lot of our troubles will be spared if we get the millitary involved, and zone in on gang wars and just shoot the smoke out of any and every gang member.

  • Sechaba30 - 2012-05-17 09:09

    Cape Town used to be violence free when ANC was running Cape Town and the Province, look at it now, its probably the most feared City in the world. When I go to my Supermarket , I pray that I come back home alive. This city is a gangster paradise.

      janti.cloete - 2012-05-17 09:15

      Ja, you are right, but since the ANC took over the WHOLE South Africa has become one violent raping cesspit....

      Sekalf - 2012-05-17 10:05

      Sechaba, I think you have lost orientation and mixed up the provinces - stay at home and keep praying!

      ashley.james.3701779 - 2012-05-17 10:18

      eish Sechaba - You are so wrong! The Cape flats GANGS have always been violent long before the ANC came into Power!

      Janice - 2012-05-17 10:42

      Oh dear God sechaba, you seriously need help!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      ameer.albertus.9 - 2012-05-17 10:44

      You must be joking right!? You are probably trying to make the ANC look like angels, but we know better than that. Most feared city in the world? Maybe that is what attracts all those tourists then

  • songezo.kilani - 2012-05-17 09:18

    Dont they have street comitees in Cape town or something, here we have lots of them and i can tell you they are more usefull than the police. The is no such thing as mob justice, here we call it justice for the community.

  • Ben - 2012-05-17 09:24

    Gangsters.... cant shoot for s**t since the 80's.....

  • Colin - 2012-05-17 09:24

    Wow Sechaba, interesting observation that. As someone who was born in and grew up in Hanover Park, (and I don't live too far away from it now) I can honestly say that I'm not sure in the last 15 years or so there was a time of peace between these gangs. Also, isn't it time we stopped blaming the govt, the past and poverty for our own actions? I wouldn't go as far as John and say it's all about ego's and power (more than half of these people are uneducated and are puppets to educated gangsters who live in the Gordon's Bays, Somerset Wests and Constantia's of this world, I mean come on really, who supplies this stuff?). I also wouldn't go so far as to see a State of Emergency as suggested by Jacques, I certainly had enough of that during "ou krokodil's" time. That being said though, I agree with Shamiela, stand up and protect your kids, but educate them at the same time. Enough of this negative gearing. Come now folks, if you want to you can change your destiny. I long for the days when it was safe play in the park until quite late in Hanover Park. Will we ever see that again?

  • Bernice - 2012-05-17 09:24

    This is a very poverty stricken area. The DA constantly want there votes but what is done for this area NOTHING. Where there is immense poverty there will be crime. Help is needed. These children also deserve to have a future.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-05-17 09:40

    it means you could get shot if this isn't brought under control.

  • Neil - 2012-05-17 09:45

    Stop blaming unemployment and poverty for you criminal behaviour!!!!

      anthonyralphwilson - 2012-05-17 10:22

      how else can one make money

      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-05-17 10:30

      Oh yes,the Western Cape has got the lowest level of unemployment compared to other provinces.And this gangs do not steal property they just kill one another.It shows it has less to do with unemployment

  • marc.cordom - 2012-05-17 09:55

    As soon as Pagad does something , then the Police are on their tracks again

  • Deana - 2012-05-17 10:23

    When will this violence stop? Mister President- open your eyes- bring the death penalty back! What would you do if one of those children were your grandchildren? We are fed up- the community should settle this themselves- f@#k the gangs and drug lords!

  • Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-05-17 10:33

    They must just bring those KZN police squad,if you are a criminal and they are after you you better hand yourself over before they catch you or you are dead

  • anthea.prins1 - 2012-05-17 13:25

    I really dont know wot this world is becoming. I hope the gangsters make peace and move forward without hurting innocent people. Just a open mind question to who ever of this gangsters that is reading my comment. Why should our furture children or generation has to suffer for our mistakes. Have u ever wonder if it was yor child that was shot want would you do or how would u feel cause pls let us think of this innocent poeple that is getting hurt it very sad. come we stop the vilonce in our place Manenberg is a good place lets keep it so.

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