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Delft residents living in fear

Five people died and two others were injured in shootings over the past few days.

A chart showing gang violence hotspots in Cape Town communities. Picture: Chantall Presence/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Delft Community Policing Forum on Tuesday said people are losing their lives to gang violence, which is on the rise in the area.

About five people died while two others were injured in shootings last week.

In the latest incident on Sunday evening, Jarryd Manuel and his girlfriend Megan Hendricks were gunned down outside his mother's home in Vuurlelie Street.

The forum's Reginald Maart said the shootings are often related to turf wars and drug dealing.

"The violence is getting out of hand now. We have a meeting tonight with the executive of the City of Cape Town to come up with a way forward."

Manuel was an intern in Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's office.

He matriculated in 2012 and wanted to study further after completing his internship.

No arrests have been made.

At least 30 people, including children, were killed in gang violence throughout the province in 2012.

Zille asked President Jacob Zuma to deploy the army in gang-infested areas, but her request was denied.

The Presidency said the army was not trained to deal with civilians.