Manenberg residents watched on in horror when a gang shootout ensued between two armed groups on Thursday.
Watch: Manenberg gang shootout in broad daylight
Tensions continue to spill in the crime-ridden Cape Flats community. Details about the shooting incident that was caught on camera are still sketchy at this time. However, from what we understand, the fiery encounter was reportedly between two rival gangs.
In the video clip that’s since gone viral, a group of men armed with assault rifles and what sounded like a shotgun were seen exchanging fire.
It’s unclear if any victims sustained injury in the gunfight, and police, it’s believed, are still in search of the shooters.
Thursday’s shooting comes a couple of days after two men were targeted in an attempted assassination on Pacos Walk, Manenberg.
As reported by IOL, the shooting was an attempt on the life of a prominent gang member. Police spokesperson Captain Frederick Van Wyk further revealed that “the two males were sitting in a black motor vehicle in Pecos Walk Manenberg when three males approached them, and they randomly opened fire on the occupants of the vehicle.”
“The three males fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction. The two injured males were taken to a nearby hospital by private transport for medical treatment,” Captain Van Wyk said.
Early investigations into the attempted murder indicate there may have been three men involved in the shooting, all of whom are still at large and considered dangerous.
Murmurs in Manenberg indicate that the spate of shootings in the Cape Flats township is the culmination of an ongoing war between two gangs, the Clever Kids and the Hard Livings.
Manenberg residents claim Tuesday’s attempted assassination is only the start of a war that’s been bubbling under since March 2022, and the worst is yet to come.
“The man shot last night belongs to the Hard Livings gang, and he is one of the leaders, and he is critical in hospital. He is part of the leadership. They were shot by youngsters who are still teenagers belonging to the Clever Kids gang.
“This senior gang member was sitting in the car when they opened fire. People had to run last night because it happened so suddenly. Now the shootings will continue,” a resident said.