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Elsies River residents plead for help in wake of gang shootings

Last week, four people were shot dead and nine were wounded in a mass shooting in the Leonsdale neighbourhood.

FILE: A cross marks the spot where one victim's body was found in Elsies River. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Elsies River community members have made a passionate plea for more to be done to maintain community safety.

Concerned residents met at the local civic centre to address violent crime on Wednesday night.

The meeting comes in the wake of a surge in gang-related shootings in the past few weeks.

Dozens of Elsies River residents attended the CPF crisis meeting to voice their grievances relating to gang activity in the area.

Last week, four people were shot dead and nine were wounded in a mass shooting in the Leonsdale neighbourhood.

One resident called for criminality to be addressed with more urgency.

“Literally every day someone is either shot or killed and it’s totally unsafe for children to play around the area.”

Officials have urged residents to strengthen partnerships with law enforcement.

WATCH: Living in Fear: Four dead after mass shooting

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)