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Manenberg residents fed up

Manenberg residents continue to live in fear as gang violence continues.

Primary school children are sent home because of gang violence. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A Manenberg father says he is grateful his daughter is alive following a suspected gang shooting in the courtyard where she was playing.

Several Manenberg residents have expressed their outrage as violence has been escalating between rival gangs over the past few weeks.

Eyewitness News spoke to residents at a block of flats a few minutes after six shots were fired.

One father said his toddler was traumatised after hearing the shots.

"I'm very upset because a two-year-old child who should be playing at the park is forced to stay indoors 24/7."

Meanwhile, People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) says government and police is failing Cape Town communities plagued by crime.

During their motorcade protest in Athlone last week, two pipe bombs went off in the area but they deniedbeing involved.

On Wednesday night, they conducted another motorcade in Manenberg and Heideveld with members setting off fireworks outside suspected drug dens.

Pagad's Abdus-Salaam Ebrahim said, "Government and the police have failed this country and the people. If we don't unite, the gangsters and drug dealers are going to destroy all of us."

The anti-crime group says it's intensifying its campaign, calling on communities to rally behind its cause.

Several people, including children, have been caught in gang crossfire in recent months.

On Saturday, ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa visited Mitchell's Plain.

He went to get feedback from residents on issues pertaining to gang violence, unemployment and service delivery.

He told residents he was aware of the fact that gangs were terrorising people in the Western Cape, with children as young as 12 falling prey to drugs.

Ramaphosa assured the community that government was working on strategies to deal with gangsterism.