Manenberg community leader stable after shooting

2015-04-06 19:19

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Cape Town - A member of the Manenberg Community Forum (CPF) who was shot and injured on Monday morning is currently in a stable condition, a CPF colleague said.

Abubakr Lewis, one of the leaders of the Manenberg community forum involved in planning a protest against gang violence, was shot in the leg at a forum meeting on Monday before the protest could take place.

CPF spokesperson Rugshanda Pascoe told News24 that Lewis was currently in a stable condition, and was feeling okay despite the deliberate attempt on his life.

“I asked my colleague how he is feeling and he said he is okay,” Pascoe said on Monday evening.

“His family members are obviously traumatised, because this wasn't an accident, but he says he knew what he was getting himself into.”

She said Lewis would be transferred from his current hospital to one that can remove the bullet from his leg.

Tensions were still high in the Manenberg area on Monday evening, following days of gang violence that have plagued the embattled area since Friday.

“There are still a lot of police driving around [in Manenberg] and there is still shooting in the area as we speak,” Pascoe added.

Western Cape police department spokesperson Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana could not confirm Monday’s events when contacted by News24.

Failed peace deal

Community members told News24 last week that gunfire had broken out on Friday night when a peace deal between the Americans and the Hard Livings gang faltered after a gambling game went foul.

Pascoe said police were absent ahead of CPF’s planned march on Monday, and only started patrolling after the shooting.

“I am a bit despondent, I feel bad Abubakr was hit because rumour had it that they were going take me and my colleague out and this morning it became a reality when the bullets were aimed at us,” she said.

“It endangered a lot of innocent people. I think we are the biggest threat to them because we aren't like their parents condoning their actions.”

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