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Manenberg tense after midweek gang violence

The CPF has called for more police to patrol the area saying it is very unsafe especially for children.

FILE: Five people have been shot and wounded in Manenberg since an apparent gang war broke out earlier this week. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Manenberg's Community Policing Forum (CPF) says the gang infested area is tense following several shooting incidents during the week.

CPF Chairperson Randall April says five people have been shot and wounded since an apparent gang war broke out earlier this week.

April has called for more police to patrol the area saying it is very unsafe especially for children.

He adds many residents are too afraid to step outside their homes.

"Gangsters can't keep our community hostage. They want their freedom but with the freedom you must be careful how you walk around the area. You do not know when they're going to shoot."

Meanwhile, an education expert has welcomed a court order which forces the Western Cape Education Department to provide adequate security to Manenberg schools.

The interim order was granted late on Friday afternoon by the Western Cape High Court.

Last year all 14 Manenberg schools were forced to close for days as a result of the gang warfare.

Education expert Christo van der Rheede says, "Serious step need to be taken especially by the national government in collaboration with provincial government to ensure that area is kept safe or that those areas are kept safer, especially for everyone that's working or living there."