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Manenberg gang violence claims yet another life

The shooter apparently disguised himself as a woman before opening fire on the victim.

A suspected gang member has been killed while another has been wounded. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Gang violence in the Western Cape has claimed another life with a shooting in Manenberg.

A suspected gang member has been killed while another has been wounded.

The shooter apparently disguised himself as a woman before opening fire on the pair on Saturday morning.

Gun battles between rival gangs have left eight people dead and more than 20 wounded over the past month.

The Manenberg Safety Forum's Roegshanda Pascoe said, "He was a gang member and we don't know his real name, he was shot and killed."

MANENBERG DECLARED NO-GO ZONE FOR AMBULANCES

Last month, Manenberg was declared a no-go zone for ambulances unless being escorted by police amid gang violence in the area.

Emergency services' Robert Daniels said provincial health classified the area a danger zone.

"Manenberg has been identified as a red danger zone and emergency medical services are unable to enter the area without police escort"

Daniels added that this will only be lifted if police feel the area is safe.

MANENBERG GANG VIOLENCE DISRUPTS SCHOOLS

The gang war forced schools to close early, last month, according to a community leader.

The Manenberg Safety Forum said most learners in the area stayed away from school for a week.

The forum's Roegshanda Pascoe said those who went to school were sent home early.

"Most parents are working so it's a concern when these shooting happen, in terms of who is going to fetch the children and who will keep them safe inside."

Residents have called for the army to be deployed to quell gang violence.

Pascoe questioned why the army was called in to help quell xenophobic violence, but has not been an option to assist in the war on gangs.

She added that residents were under the impression there was no plan to combat gang violence in Manenberg.

Click here to read _ EWN's Manenberg: Living in Fear_ feature.