A 10-year-old boy had a narrow escape in the ongoing gang war in Manenberg after a stray bullet hit him in the shoulder.
The child was shot on Tuesday afternoon, while standing at a tuck shop in Manenberg Avenue.
Meanwhile, a 26-year-old man was caught by a stray bullet in his buttocks, too, while standing in Renoster Road.
Captain Noloyiso Rwexana, police spokesperson said cases of attempted murder were being investigated. He said “The victims were transported to a medical facility for treatment. The circumstances leading to this incident are investigated”.
The incident comes after three people were shot and wounded on Saturday in Tambo Village, and last week a 10-year-old boy was hit by a stray bullet in the neck.
Manenberg residents marched to the local police station yesterday to hand over a memorandum of concerns.
Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Yolisa Matakata said they developed a strategy in the province to deal with gang violence.
He said “It was noticed that during the lockdown, there were a number of incidents that were reported in different communities, including townships, which saw multiple murders.
“Our analysis obviously indicated what we are confronted with and we had a plan we worked on, which has so far resulted in a number of arrests.
“There is a national anti-gang strategy that is supposed to be led by the provincial government, where all departments have a responsibility.
“Ours is at an operational level, to address issues where policing is required, but it takes more than policing to address some of the issues”.
Anyone with information about the latest shooting can anonymously contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or SMS Crime Line on 32211.