Staff of the Manenberg Clinic, in the Western Cape, have been left traumatised after stray bullets from a gang-related shootout hit the facility on Tuesday.
Although no one was injured, clinic staff and community members say this is not the first, nor likely the last time their lives have been endangered due to gang violence that has been allowed to grow in the area.
Earlier this week, a man died after he was caught in gang crossfire while on his way to the clinic.
The City of Cape Town’s Siyabulela Mamkeli said: “Similar to those previous incidences, I commend the braveness of the staff, actually, that they have continued to offer their services even under the trying circumstances.
“And I can tell you, it is the very first time hearing them that they have been traumatised.”
Protests and public statements from community members in Manenberg, Marikana informals settlement and Ocean View, have drawn attention to the fact that gang violence in the western cape is being left largely unpoliced by local SAPS.
It was reported earlier in the week that 23 people have died in a little over 2 weeks due to gang shootings in the Marikana informal settlement.
Police inaction has been a trending topic of debate in certain peripheral zones that have seen a growing number of shootouts, assassinations and overall crime connected to local gangs.