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Manenberg gang member dies

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A member of the Americans gang in Manenberg on the Cape Flats has died following a shooting, the Manenberg Community Forum (CPF) said on Sunday.

“He died yesterday morning,” CPF spokesperson Rugshanda Pascoe told News24.

Pascoe did not know his real name, only his nickname, Mandela, and that he was in his 20s.

He was shot several days ago during a spate of violence between rival gangs. Pascoe said she was surprised his death had not sparked more violence in the area.

“This weekend, there was no shooting at all. Normally, when one of the rivals die, there’s shootings,” she said.

The violence broke out when a peace deal between the Americans and the Hard Livings gang faltered after a gambling game turned ugly.

Abubakr Lewis, a MCF leader involved in planning a protest against gang violence, was shot in the leg at a forum meeting on Monday, before the protest could take place.

Lewis was discharged from hospital on Monday evening. He still needed to go to another hospital to have the bullet removed.

Pascoe said the gangs had since agreed on a ceasefire, but residents were not out of danger.

“We can still hear the gunfire echoing from Tambo village. There’s only a street separating that area from Manenberg, so we can’t be happy knowing there is no peace in that area,” she said. News24


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