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‘Gang violence devastates CT youth’

This week alone three children were caught in suspected rival gang shootings in the Mother City.

Gang violence has in recent days been flaring up in Delft, Mitchells Plain and Ravensmead. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Cape Town Centre for abused women and children says gang violence is having a devastating effect on the youth.

This week alone three children were caught in suspected rival gang shootings in the Mother City.

In one incident a 10 year old Mitchells Plain boy was shot dead.

Gang violence has in recent days been flaring up in Delft, Mitchells Plain and Ravensmead.

The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children says gang violence is not only cutting young lives short, it's also traumatising children leaving lifelong scars.

The facility is situated in the gang ridden suburb Manenberg. The centre's Dorothea Gertse says children live in fear.

"They hear the gunshots, they see people dying in front of them. It's their family members that are either being affected by the gang violence or are actually involved in the gang violence."

Meanwhile, a memorial service was held in Mitchells Plain last night for 10-year-old Jaylin Scullard who died after he was hit by a stray bullet outside his Beacon Valley home.