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Manenberg remains tense following gang violence

Last week a spate of shootings left at least four people dead.

FILE: Cape Town police officers search suspects in Manenberg after gang warfare flares up on the Cape flats. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Manenberg Community Policing Forum said the gang-stricken area remains tense.

Last week a spate of shootings left at least four people dead.

The forum's Roegshanda Pascoe said after a short-lived respite, a man was gunned down on Saturday night.

"The atmosphere in the community is still tense as I was looking down the street a woman was coming from church, she had to run into a barber shop for cover."

A 16-year-old boy was shot dead while on his way to school last week and 15-year-old boy was also wounded in a separate shooting.

Manenberg residents renewed their calls for the army to be deployed to quell gang violence.

Last week, the Health Department declared Manenberg a danger zone, which means ambulances are not allowed in without a police escort.

The Manenberg CPF said most learners in the area will stay away from school this week.