A tragic incident occurred in Manenberg, Cape Town over the weekend when a one-year-old toddler, Almaaz Mohamed, was shot and wounded while being breastfed. The innocent child was on her mother’s lap during a Food Fair event at a park near their home in Sherwood Park on Saturday. It was a shocking turn of events for the family.
Almaaz’s grandmother, Faldelah Mohamed, recounted the harrowing experience, saying, “We didn’t know that she had been shot and only saw her bloody foot. Her parents rushed her to the hospital, where they were told she had been shot.”
The bullet had struck Almaaz in the upper thigh and travelled into her stomach. She underwent surgery to remove the bullet, and thankfully, the doctors have confirmed that she is out of danger.
Vanessa Adriaanse, from the Manenberg Community Policing Forum, expressed deep concern about the shooting, particularly during the school holidays. “We are disappointed that we are back with the ongoing gang war. It was quiet for about two weeks, and we were made to believe that there was peace. At this point, we can’t say what the gang fight is about.”
Adriaanse highlighted the impact on children, saying, “Children need to live their lives without any fear. The gangsters shoot when the school is on, and they care less about the school holidays. The shootings happen at any time, there’s no warning. The message the gangsters are sending is that they are keeping the community of Manenberg hostage.”
The Manenberg Community Policing Forum has been pleading with the gangsters to stop the war, but they feel that the police alone cannot handle the situation. Adriaanse appealed for urgent assistance from the government, emphasizing the need to intervene to prevent such incidents from happening again.
Joseph Swartbooi, a police spokesperson, confirmed that Manenberg detectives have registered an attempted murder case. The circumstances surrounding the incident are still under investigation.