Gun violence in Cape Town has once again claimed the lives of young people.

Two teenagers have been killed in two separate incidents on Tuesday.

In the first one, an 18-year-old was gunned down in Mitchells Plain.

“Mitchells Plain police registered a murder case for investigation following a shooting incident on Tuesday afternoon in Winterhoek Street, Tafelsig, where an 18-year-old male was shot and fatally wounded. Police members attended the crime scene where they found the victim with a bullet wound to his head. The suspects fled the scene and are yet to be arrested”, said Sergeant Wesley Twigg.

Police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi, says in the second incident, a 13-year-old boy was also shot dead in Delft on the same day.

“Delft detectives are hard at work pursuing leads in a bid to apprehend the suspects who are responsible for the death of a 13-year-old boy in Delft Main RoadDelft police members responded to a complaint at a local medical facility. Upon their arrival, they found the body of the 13-year-old boy who sustained a gunshot wound to his head. The victim was declared deceased on the scene by the medical personnel. The motive for this murder is yet to be determined”.

More than 300 children have been treated for gunshot wounds this year.

This is mainly due to being caught in gang crossfire in areas like Hanover Park and Mitchells Plain.

The Western Cape Health and Wellness Department revealed that 58 children succumbed to gunshot wounds, three of whom were under the age of three between January and June 2024

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