School 'accustomed' to gang shootings

A Cape Town principal says they have become accustomed to the sporadic shootings in their area.

FILE: A Cape Town principal says they have become accustomed to the sporadic shootings in their area. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN"

CAPE TOWN - The principal of a school in one of Cape Town's most gang riddled areas says they are already accustomed to gang shootings in the area.

Two people were shot dead within hours of each other in Kalksteenfontein earlier this week.

One of the victims, 26-year-old Cornelius Beukes was gunned down while passing the Kalksteenfontein Primary School.

He was released from prison a week ago.

Principal Jeffrey Arendse says Beukes is an ex-learner of Kalksteenfontein Primary School.

"We've actually become accustomed to these sporadic shootings and we know what to do when it occurs. So schooling takes place even under difficult circumstances."

In another incident, on the first day of school, a six-year-old boy was wounded in a gang shooting in Elsies River.

He was due to start grade one, but was shot in the hand in front of the school building when an unknown gunman opened fire.

A 17-year-old was also wounded in the attack.

A man has since been arrested in connection with the shooting.