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Manenberg: Gang shootings flare up

At least five people have were shot and wounded in the gang-riddled community overnight.

At least five people have were shot and wounded in the gang-riddled community overnight. Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - At least five people have been shot and wounded in the latest flare up in gang shootings in Manenberg, an area that has been gripped by gang violence for years.

In recent weeks intensive gunfights have been a common occurrence, claiming a number of lives.

The most recent shootings broke out on Wednesday night and continued into the early hours of this morning.

About 150 officers saturated the area where it's believed the Americans and Hard Livings gang are at war.

As a gunshot is heard in the distance, Manenberg police's Ian Bennet says two teenagers were also wounded in the crossfire of another shooting last weekend.

He also says one of their patrols was targeted.

Bennet says residents are too scared to leave their homes.

Meanwhile, police have requested the public's help in tracking down gunmen involved in a deadly shooting in Mitchells Plain on Wednesday.

A man was killed and a woman was wounded in the suspected gang shooting.

The police's Frederick van Wyk says, "The motive is unknown at this stage and no one has been arrested as yet. Anyone with information is kindly requested to contact 0827778076."