Manenberg community leader wounded in shooting

2015-04-06 14:43

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Cape Town - A member of the Manenberg Community Forum (CPF) was shot and injured on Monday morning, preventing a protest march against gang violence from going ahead.

Abubakr Lewis, one of the march leaders, suffered the leg wound at a CPF meeting ahead of the protest when gang members fired shots in their direction, CPF spokesperson Rugshanda Pascoe said.

“He was shot and we are currently at the Heideveld Day Hospital where he is being operated on to remove the bullet and he will be released in six hours’ time,” Pascoe said.

“As a result of the shooting, the march could not take place. We were still convening at the starting point at the corner of Manenberg Laan and De Downes Road before the shooting broke out.”

Peace deal faltered

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

Although it was reported that police had patrolled the area after the shooting, Pascoe said they were absent ahead of the march.

“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.”

Several attempts to reach Western Cape police for comment were unsuccessful.

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