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Gang violence: Children at risk

Children have been severly affected by escalating gang violence in Cape Town over the past week.

Children have been severly affected by escalating gang violence in Cape Town over the past week. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Seven children have been directly affected by gang shootings in Cape Town in the past week.

The most recent victim is a 10-year-old girl who was gunned down in WesBank near Delft at the weekend.

Over the same weekend, 12-year-old Jucinta Matroos was buried after being shot in Mitchells Plain a week ago.

Two more teenagers died in the incident and police are investigating a gang link.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross Children's Hospital said a five-year-old boy, who was wounded in a suspected gang-related shooting in Athlone, won't be discharged anytime soon.

The young boy was admitted on Friday following a shooting in Kewtown where he was caught in a crossfire.

The hospital's Angelique Jordaan said that at this stage it's unclear how long the boy will stay in Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

"The five-year-old is currently in a stable but critical condition. Because he has multiple gunshot wounds, he'll be here for some time."

One teenager died and another was wounded during the same incident.