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Manenberg gang warfare casualties rise to eight

The number has risen after a man was shot while walking in Manenberg this morning.

FILE: Rival gangs the Americans and Hard Livings have been clashing since Friday. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The number of casualties in gang warfare in Manenberg in the Western Cape has risen to eight after a man was shot while walking in the area this morning.

Rival gangs the Americans and Hard Livings have been clashing since Friday.

It's understood the warfare flare-up after a peace agreement between the two groups collapsed last week.

The police's Andre Traut says they are investigating several cases of attempted murder.

"This morning at approximately 7:50 an adult male was wounded in Thames Avenue by an unknown suspect who fled the scene. Police will remain in the area in high numbers to maintain law and order."

In another incident, a 22-year-old man has wounded in a shooting in Mitchells Plain's East Ridge neighbourhood.

Residents say they're living in fear.

Manenberg Community Safety Forum's Roegshanda Pascoe says police imposed a curfew last night.

"The way the police came in when they found you on the street, you are questioned; what are you doing on the street, why are you here so late?"

There are also reports of running gun battles in Tambo Square just a stone's throw away from Manenberg, between the Dixie Boys and the Hard Livings gangs.

No arrests have been made in all the incidents.