Shooting causes safety fears at Manenberg schools

Downeville Primary School pupils were forced to run for cover as a hail of bullets flew over the school gates.

FILE: More than 700 pupils received counselling at Downeville Primary School following Friday’s shooting. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A teacher at a Manenberg school fears he won't be able to guarantee his pupil's safety, if gang violence continues in the area.

Pupils at Downeville Primary School were forced to run for cover as a hail of bullets flew over the school gates on Friday.

Rival gangs opened fire on each other a few metres away from the school gates.

Maurice Hefke has been teaching at Downeville primary for more than 16 years.

But Hefke told Eyewitness News if the gang violence continues around his school, he will be forced to leave for own his safety.

More than 700 pupils received counselling at the school today following Friday's shooting.

Earlier today, Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer said gang-related violence is pushing up the province's murder rate.

Lamoer reiterated that the 12.8 percent increase in murders in the province was a major concern, with 18% of murders in the province gang-related.

Gang violence is also fuelling other categories of crime such as attempted murder and drug-related offences.

Most murders are recorded in areas such as Nyanga, Mitchells Plain, Delft and Elsies River.

Lamoer said he believes the high levels of violence in the province are driven by substance abuse.

He added that R122 million worth of drugs has been confiscated over the past financial year.