Manenberg residents afraid to leave homes amid gang violence

2015-04-04 15:42
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Cape Town - Residents of Manenberg are hiding in their Cape Town homes as violence between rival gangs flared up, apparently leaving one member dead and two injured.

A 40-year-old resident, who did not want to be named because she feared for her safety, told News24 that a peace deal between The Americans and The Hard Livings Gang faltered on Friday night after a gambling game went foul.

She said shooting started around 20:00. Two gang members were injured and one was killed, she said.

The Western Cape police had yet to confirm Friday's casualties.

The resident was worried when the shooting broke out because her daughter had gone to get food at a nearby take-away eatery.

She sent her a message to her phone to rush home but by then it was too late because bullets were flying into her yard.

Her daughter, who got caught in gang crossfire in 2013, called to tell her that she was not coming near the area.

"All we could do last night was to pray. Even praying gets hard because you can hear the screams of mothers and their children."

Shooting broke out again in Manenberg on Saturday morning and shots were fired through the walls and windows.

Residents hid in their homes as police entered the area to confront the gangs.

Western Cape police spokesperson Andre Traut said they responded after two groups began shooting and throwing stones on the corner of Thames Avenue and Thames Walk.

He said stun grenades were used to defuse the situation and that no casualties were reported for Saturday morning.

But the resident told News24 that the police could not stop the violence.

"They are containing it so it doesn't flow over to areas where the shooting has not started yet,” she said.

"This morning was like a ghost town. The gangsters say: 'no peace'. No one can get in or go out at the moment."

As she spoke to News24, she and her family were hiding in the kitchen because they were least likely to be hit by stray bullets there.

"If you go to your bedroom you must lie on the ground. It is beyond my imagination to think that some people think it is easy for us to stay here.

"Our human rights are being violated.”

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