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WC mom wants protection from gangs

A woman whose daughter fell victim to gang violence wants police to be more present in Hanover Park.

A woman whose daughter was a victim to gang violence wants police to be more present in Hanover Park. Picture: Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - A Western Cape woman whose daughter was shot six times in a shootout between rival gang members said the lack of action by police to tackle gang violence in her community was disheartening.

Kashiefa Alexander's daughter, Kauthar, was shot two weeks ago while playing outside their Hanover Park home.

The three-year-old girl was taken to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town and has since been released.

She is recovering well.

Alexander said additional patrol officers had not been deployed to the suburb, despite promises by the Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato.

The mother said the MEC promised to investigate ways to stop gang violence in the area.

She said only three cars were available to patrol the area and that violence often erupted when the cars are being used for other police work.

Gang violence in the area has been rife in recent months, despite a peace treaty having been signed in May, by rival gangs.