Manenberg hopes for peaceful weekend

Manenberg residents are living in fear due to the ongoing gang violence in their area.

A victim of gang violence in Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Several Cape Town communities have been plagued by gang violence in recent weeks.

Nearly a dozen people have died in Manenberg in the last 10 days while two were killed in Lavender Hill and a further two were wounded in the last week.

The Steenberg Community Police Forum's Kevin Southgate says the spike in gang activity is concerning.

"I have spoken to the police who have indicated they have made arrests in connection with the shootings. However, as a community we are still very concerned about the high levels of violence that we are experiencing in the area."

He says the children in the area have had to remain indoors throughout the school holiday as they fear being caught in crossfires.

"It's all gang members who have died in the shootings. The concern is that the area is very volatile at the moment."

Meanwhile, residents have also expressed concern about their safety as notorious gangster Rashied Staggie, who has been in prison for a decade after being found guilty of kidnapping and raping a 17-year-old girl in 2001, is set to be released from prison in September.

He has been granted parole after serving more than two-thirds of his sentence.

Manenberg residents say they are praying for a peaceful weekend.