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Cape gang violence on the rise

Gun battles between rival gangs are reported almost everyday in areas including Ottery and Mitchells Plain.

A member of Cape Town's Special Investigation Unit keeps guard while a stop and search is performed in Manenberg. Picture: Thomas Holder

CAPE TOWN - There has been another deadly spate of gang violence in several communities across the Mother City over the past three months.

Gun battles between rival gangs are reported on an almost daily basis in areas including Ottery and Mitchells Plain.

In the latest incident in Mitchells Plain on Monday, two people were shot dead just metres away from each other near a school.

Gunshots left children and parents in a panic as gangsters opened fire near Cedar Secondary School in Rocklands just before 8am on Monday morning.

A parent was shot and killed allegedly in a drive-by shooting while on his way to meet the school principal.

Also on Monday morning a taxi driver was killed near a primary school several metres away.

The Mitchells Plain Community Policing Forum's Abie Isaacs said, "At this stage we can't confirm what the circumstances are relating to the shooting however we appeal to the community to come forward with information."

Meanwhile, at least eight people have lost their lives amidst ongoing gang war in Ottery.

Plans are underway to draw up a petition against the deadly gang activity in the area.