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Family devastated after gang shooting

12-year-old Jucinta Matroos was killed in crossfire between rival gangs at the weekend.

12-year-old Jucinta Matroos was killed in crossfire between rival gangs at the weekend. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The grandfather of a Mitchells Plain girl, who was killed as a result of suspected gang violence, says he feels he could take the law into his own hands if he found out who was responsible.

Jucinta Matroos was caught in the crossfire of a shootout, just metres away from her Beacon Valley home on Saturday.

A 15-year-old boy was killed in the same incident.

A distraught Phillip Goliath told Eyewitness News that if he could, he would kill those responsible for his granddaughter's death.

"I want to choke the life out of him, truly. But I know that if I do that I am going to jail."

Goliath's eyes filled with tears as he spoke about Jucinta, describing her as a lovely and bright young girl.

Her teacher at the AZ Berman Primary School, Sharon Orange, shared similar sentiments.

"We're all trying to deal with it; it was really a big shock."

Jucinta's classmates were in tears when they heard about her death and have been receiving trauma counselling.

Meanwhile, Minister in the Presidency and Mitchells Plain constituency head Trevor Manuel says these shootings must end.

"It's going to be tough because the gangs are exceedingly well organised but I don't think we must stand back from this issue. We must call on communities to rise to the occasion and mobilise."

He indicated he intends taking the police and justice ministers to the area.