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'Gang violence destroying future youth'

Manenberg residents take to the streets to protests continuous gang violence in the area.

Manenberg residents carry white flags symbolising peace in a march against continuous gang violence in the area on 3 August 2013. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Some Manenberg residents at the weekend said gang violence is destroying the future of the youth in their community.

Community members took to the streets on Saturday to protest the ongoing gang violence after several people were killed in recent weeks.

There's been a wave of gang related violence, specifically in gang infested areas like Manenberg and Heideveld in recent months.

One resident, Amelia Kiewiets said they have had enough.

"In most cases the community gives in to the shootings and as a person in this community I say we must turn it around. We must be able to say we're not afraid."

'MANENBERG NEEDS COUNSELLING'

On Friday Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz on pledged more funding and called on non-governmental organisations to intensify their programmes in Manenberg.

The MEC was visiting the crime-riddled suburb, which he happened to grow up in.

He promised to give a local trauma centre more funding adding that a trauma counselling service in Manenberg is critically needed.

"Teachers and children in Manenberg are traumatised. We and other stakeholders that specialise in trauma counselling have agreed to roll out an intervention programme."

LATEST SHOOTING

The police's Thembinkosi Kinana said on Friday they have opened a case of attempted murder after a man was shot and wounded in the area.

"The man was rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment."

Several communities in the province have been marred by gang violence in recent months.

Over 30 people, including children, have been caught in gang crossfire.

In 2012, Premier Helen Zille wrote to the Presidency requesting that the army be deployed to gang infested areas but her request was turned down.