Family grieves death of boy killed in Delft gang crossfire

Four-year-old Machiano Geswind was standing in front of his home when he was hit by a stray bullet.

Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The grandmother of a four-year old boy who was shot dead during a gang shooting in Delft says he loved the outdoors.

Machiano Geswind had been standing in the front yard of their home when he was hit by a stray bullet on Sunday.

Eight people have been shot and killed in gang-related violence since Friday in the Delft area.

Geswind said her four-year old grandson was a playful boy.

"He was a lovely child and his dog misses him."

Grieving mother Natasha Geswind could barely contain her tears during a visit by Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato yesterday.

She said gang members in the area have been fighting over turf.

"The 28s and the Terrible Gang want to wipe out one another for each other's' drug turf."

Residents have asked the MEC to deploy more police officers in the gang-ridden community.