Gang violence kills 3

3 people have died and a teenage girl injured in gang shootouts at the weekend.

The victim of a gang shooting in Hanover Park. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A 13-year-old girl was shot and wounded while three other people were gunned down in yet another bloody weekend in gang hot spots.

Police said three people were killed in Hanover Park since Friday night.

One of them was believed to have been linked to the notorious Americans gang.

The police's Andre Traut said they have arrested one suspect for Friday's shooting.

"On Saturday morning at around 3am, a 38-year-old person was shot and killed and the circumstances are being investigated. At 7:10am on Saturday morning, a 44-year-old man was shot and killed, also in Hanover Park."

In Belhar, a 13-year-old girl was shot in the ankle by gang members who were said to be chasing down a rival on Sunday.

Jasmyne Strydom was the third child shot during gang violence this month.

Gang violence has escalated during this year.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille even had her request for the army to be deployed to gang infested communities turned down.

SAFER SCHOOLS

Meanwhile, the Western Cape Community Safety and Security Portfolio believes schools affected by gang violence this year, will soon be in a more secure environment.

The directorate has partnered with the Western Cape Education Department in deploying school resource officers to schools affected by gang violence.

These officials are sworn law enforcement officers assigned to a school on a long term basis.

The pilot program is set to take off at six schools in 2013.

Community Safety and Security Mayoral Committee (Mayco) member JP Smith said these officers will play a bigger role than just patrolling school grounds.

"You have to understand that there is often no effective male role model at the schools or in the home environment."

He said several institutes will benefit from the program.

"It is based on schools that have had a history of problems such as youth violence and gang violence. Some of the six schools are Lotus River and Phoenix High School."