Police in Cape Town are still searching for the people responsible for the murder of a school-girl in Mitchell’s Plain.

12-year-old  Firdos Kleinsmidt was caught in gang crossfire on Tuesday.

The police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi says the victim was declared deceased on the scene by the medical personnel.

“Mitchells Plain police registered a murder case following a shooting incident this morning (Tuesday, 2024-01-30) at about 11:20 at a school situated in Khayalami Street, Beacon Valley, Mitchells Plain. According to reports a 12-year-old girl was caught in a crossfire between rival gangs, and was shot and killed by a stray bullet.    The victim was declared deceased on the scene by the medical personnel. The unknown suspects fled the scene and are yet to be arrested.  Anyone with any information about this fatal shooting incident is kindly requested to contact the investigating officer of the Anti-Gang Unit, Detective Sergeant Bradley Schuurman. 071 673 3841 or alternatively call Crime Stop on 08600 10111”.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC is calling on the police to leave no stone unturned to find the killers of the young girl.

“SAPS’ Anti-Gang Unit (AGU) is attending to this incident, as the preliminary report suggests that the shooting, where the girl was caught in the crossfire in Beacon Valley, is gang-related. These barbaric individuals must be caught. I call on our community to immediately come forward with information so that the perpetrators can be arrested. I urge SAPS, given that the shooting is alleged to be gang-related, to initiate the Prevention of Organised Crime Act (POCA) in this instance. It has to be established where the firearms and ammunition come from, as the suppliers should also be charged”.

Meanwhile, the Leglaasi Nieyah Primary School has suspended its learning and teaching activities for the rest of the week after the murder of a pupil.

In a media statement, the school said the educators, and learners will receive counselling.

The management also requested people not to circulate the videos or pictures of the incident that occurred at the school.

It also indicated that a meeting will be held next week Monday, to shed more light on what happened.