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Nomzamo child falls victim to gang violence

An 8-year-old boy has been hospitalised after being shot in the back by a stray bullet.

An eight-year-old boy has been hospitalised after being shot in the back by a stray bullet while at school in the Nomzamo area near Strand. Picture: Stock.Xchng.

CAPE TOWN - An eight-year-old boy has been hospitalised after being shot in the back by a stray bullet while at school in the Nomzamo area near Strand.

The incident occurred at Acj Phakade Pre-Primary School this morning.

Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert Daniels says the child was playing on the school grounds.

"Reports suggest that the bullet came from a shooting incident in a nearby location."

Western Cape education officials have described the shooting incident as unacceptable.

Spokesperson Jessica Shelver says, "We are working with the South African Police Service and metro police to improve the safety of our learners and teachers affected by gang violence."

A number of children have been caught in the crossfire of alleged gang-related violence in recent weeks.

The incident comes in the wake of the death of three-year-old Luke Tibbetts, who was shot in the head by a stray bullet while sitting on his mother's lap at the back of a vehicle transporting them in Westbury on Saturday in a suspected gang-related incident.

Luke's uncle Llewellyn Valentine earlier today confirmed that the three-year old boy had died.

He said no machines were switched off and says the toddler died while on life support.

Meanwhile, a five-year-old Delft girl who was shot and wounded earlier this week by suspected gangsters is now recovering in hospital.

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

A stray bullet hit the young girl in the foot.

In another incident last month, a five-year-old girl was shot in the back in Wesbank near Delft in suspected gang-related violence.

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.