A 13-year-old learner from Ieglaasi Nieyah Primary School became the latest casualty of the Beacon Valley gang war when she was fatally struck by a stray bullet.
Grade 7 pupils pays the price for escalating Beacon Valley gang war
The incident occurred just after 11:00 on Tuesday, as the girl waited outside the school’s premises for her transport.
A school employee described the harrowing scene, witnessing the bullet hit the girl in the eye.
According to an eyewitness, who spoke to us in anonymity, the little girl still had a faint pulse, raising hopes she could be rescued. However, disturbingly, immediate calls to emergency services and the police’s Crime Stop Hotline could not go through.
Residents have been organising marches to protest the unrelenting gang violence, with a particular emphasis on the impact on mothers and their families.
The Mitchells Plain Community Police Forum (CPF) has called for the establishment of a dedicated gang unit to tackle the increasing number of gang-related deaths.
This plea comes in the wake of multiple shootings, claiming lives beyond gang members, including a 61-year-old grandmother.
Alarmingly, the violence in Mitchells Plain has escalated, resulting in multiple fatalities, including children.
A recent tragic event near Imperial Primary School saw children caught in the crossfire, with at least one child killed and reports suggesting the toll could be higher.
At this time, no suspects have been arrested in the murder of the Grade 7 Ieglaasi Nieyah Primary School pupil.
This is a developing story.