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Shortage of police blamed for rampant gang violence in WC

Residents are calling for additional policing after a 12-year-old girl was shot dead on Saturday.

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CAPE TOWN – The Bishop Lavis Community Policing Forum (CPF) said a shortage of police is among a raft of challenges impeding effective law enforcement in the area.

Residents have called for additional policing after a 12-year-old girl was shot dead on Saturday.

It’s alleged the girl was caught in the crossfire of a gang-shooting.

A 15-year-old friend who was with the victim was also wounded.

The CPF’s Graham Lindhorst said, “That’s what they’ve been asking me on Saturday night, when I got there they said to me, ‘Mr Lindhorst we need more police, we need more’. We stunned why someone just walk up to people, took two young sisters and shoot them, that’s one of our problem.”

Last week, a 10-year-old boy was shot and killed in a gang-related incident in Parkwood.

Two men accused of the shooting are expected in court today.

Meanwhile, services at the Elsiesriver Day Hospital and Maternity ward were suspended yesterday due to gang violence.

Two security guards were attacked late Sunday night.

The facility was re-opened yesterday.

Metro Emergency management Services spokesperson Robert Daniels said, “The Western Cape government health medical services is not transporting any patients to Elsiesriver Day Hospital and Maternity ward due to gang-related violence in that area. 

“Two security guards were stabbed on the premises, one also suffering a head injury.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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