The latest victim of gang violence that had engulfed the city of Cape Town was reported by the Western Cape police on Tuesday. A young woman was shot and killed in an alleged gang shooting when a stray bullet accidentally hit her in the head while she was standing with friends in a street in Manenberg.
“The 22-year-old murder victim had been in Gamtoos Street at about 03:20pm on Monday when shots were fired between rival gangs. She was struck in the head by a stray bullet and died on the scene due to injuries sustained,” police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk confirmed.
The reports from the scene say that the woman was pregnant. Post mortem will be conducted to confirm if that information is true.
As it was already mentioned, Manenberg is one of the 10 areas identified for SA National Defence Force intervention in police-led operations in Cape Town’s most violence-plagued precincts.
It is estimated that more than 2,000 people have been murdered in the Western Cape Province in the past six months, almost half of them in the area known as the Cape Flats.
“President Cyril Ramaphosa had given the go-ahead for the army to be deployed,” Police Minister Bheki Cele announced in his budget speech last Thursday.
The troops are expected to hit the streets shortly and Cele said on Sunday that the soldiers would be deployed “in about two days”. The authorities have reassured the people living in Cape Town that the army will be only temporarily deployed onto the city’s streets.