Thursday, December 07, 2006

It's too dangerous to be here - Resident

By Tarryn Le Chat
07 December 2006

CAPE TOWN - Instead of enjoying their holidays and the outdoors, Hanover Park residents are too afraid to venture in the wake of a shooting.

Three people were injured on Tuesday night and the residents now believe has ignited a gang war.

Trevor Pedro, of the Hanover Park Development Forum said “We’re cooped up inside and too scared to let our children out to play.”

About 9:30pm on Tuesday, two men, aged 20 and 31, and a 44-year-old woman were shot outside their homes in Soet-Water Court.

The 20-year-old was wounded in the right arm, and the others injured in the stomach, right hand and left-arm.

Police spokesperson Bernadine Steyn said four men walked towards them and fired shots. According to Steyn police are still investigating the issue and believe it might be gang related.

Pedro said the availability of drugs and unemployment added to the problems of violence in the area.

Many residents told the Cape Times of their fears, “If it’s dangerous to visit us here, imagine how bad it is to live here”, said Randall Africa.

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