Police deployed to Mitchells Plain

The area has seen a spike in suspected gang-related shootings.

Gang violence is an ongoing problem in various parts of the country. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - There is an increased police presence in Mitchells Plain following a spike in suspected gang-related shootings, the local community policing forum said on Tuesday.

Four people, including 12-year-old Jucinta Matroos, were shot dead this past weekend.

The girl was just metres away from her Beacon Valley home when she was reportedly caught in the crossfire.

In the same incident, a 15-year-old boy was shot dead.

Mitchells Plain Community Policing Forum Chairperson Michael Jacobs says children in their area need to be protected.

"We want to send out a stern warning to gang leaders. If any child is going to be hurt and injured again, we as a community will rise up and within the framework of the law, we will eradicate them from Mitchells Plain."

In a separate incident, three-year-old Tatum Prins was gunned down on Sunday after being hit by a stray bullet in Bishop Lavis.

Police spokesperson Andre Traut says she was caught in the crossfire "on the corners of 16th Street and Klaassens Road. A 29-year-old female was also wounded in the same incident."