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'We're scared to walk the streets of Westbury at night'

On Thursday, a woman was shot dead and her 10-year-old child wounded when they were caught up in an alleged gang shooting.

The Westbury community has mobilised against gang and drug related crime, shutting down the area, and marching to drug dealers homes on 28 September 2018. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Westbury residents have detailed how their children live in fear and have been left traumatised by regular shootings between rival gangs.

On Thursday, a woman was shot dead and her 10-year-old child wounded when they were caught up in an alleged gang shooting.

Several streets have been barricaded with burning tyres on Friday morning and 300 Johannesburg Metro Police officers have been deployed to the area to calm tensions.

One community member said they are scared to walk on the streets at night.

“You can’t even send kids to shops, the parents are not even going to the shops because they are scared to get caught up in these crossfires. Everybody knows who the people selling drugs are,” she said.

Another community member said they feel like hostages in their own community.

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)

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