Manenberg woman wounded after gang shooting near voting stations

2016-08-03 13:33

Cape Town - Western Cape police have confirmed that voting in Manenberg was continuing as normal after a woman was wounded in suspected gang-related crossfire in close proximity to three polling stations in the area.

Spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk said the 61-year-old woman was on her way to the shop when the shooting occurred shortly after 10:00 on Wednesday morning.

A case of attempted murder was being investigated, he said.

A police source told News24 that a 22-year-old man was arrested shortly after the shooting and was in police custody.

"He didn’t have the gun on him, but he is being checked for residue," the officer confirmed.

It is understood that the woman was caught in the crossfire after members of the Hard Livings and Clever Kids gangs started shooting at each other in Manenberg Avenue.

The officer said there was a strong police presence, with a number of additional resources deployed to the area to ensure peaceful elections.

He encouraged locals to continue to make their way to the polls.

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