Manenberg stab victim stable

The 17-year-old teen was stabbed in the back in an alleged gang-related incident.

A 17-year-old teen was stabbed in the back at a Manenberg high school on 7 February. Picture: Sxc.hu.

CAPE TOWN - A 17-year-old Cape Town boy who was attacked and stabbed at a Manenberg high school yesterday is recovering well.

It's not clear why the boy was on the premises as he's an ex-learner. His attackers are also not pupils at the school.

The Department of Health's Sithembiso Magubane says the boy is stable and recovering at Mitchells Plain Hospital.

PLEA FOR ACTION

Meanwhile, the Cape Town Community Policing Forum says a concerted effort must be made to clamp down on gang violence.

Community Policing Forum Chairperson Faizel Abrahams says the public, law enforcement bodies, NGOs and government must come together to find a lasting solution to gang violence instead of playing a blame game.

"We need to really get all parties to the table and together consult and work out a best practice in which to resolve these issues."

Abrahams says the scourge of drug abuse within communities fuels gang violence and must be curbed if gangsterism is to be eradicated.

Peace talks came to an abrupt end in Hanover Park after a 22-year-old man was shot and killed earlier this week.

Residents now fear more violence.

On-going peace talks in areas like Mitchells Plain, Manenberg and Lavender Hill have also failed to yield long-term solutions.