Children fall prey to Delft gangs

The Delft CPF says daily gun battles are placing innocent lives at risk.

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

CAPE TOWN - Gang warfare in Delft has left three children in the area wounded after they were hit by stray bullets in the past three weeks.

The Delft Community Policing Forum says daily gun battles are placing innocent lives at risk.

A five-year-old girl remains in a stable condition in hospital after she was hit by a stray bullet in Delft at the weekend.

The child and her mother were at their neighbours house in Delft when two men allegedly opened fire.

Residents say they're living in fear due to daily shootings between rival gangs, some which play out within the taxi industry.

The Delft CPF's Reginald Maart says, "The shooting happens at different times starting at around 5am and then during the course of the day and at night when people are asleep."

Maart has called on authorities to ensure more resources are deployed to the area to help address gang violence.


In another incident, three-year-old Luke Tibbetts is currently in a critical condition in hospital after being struck by a stray bullet while sitting on his mother's lap at the back of a vehicle transporting them on Saturday.

In a separate incident, a one-year-old girl was discharged from hospital last month after she was wounded in gang crossfire in the same area.

She was admitted to the health facility following a drive-by shooting.

The toddler was in her mother's arms while walking to a nearby shop when the incident occurred.