The Lentegeur community say they are being held hostage by a gang war in their area that nearly claimed the life of an 18-year-old matric pupil who was shot in the neck on Tuesday night.
The boy was visiting friends when he was approached by two armed men who shot in front of the house’s gate in Veronica Street.
When the Daily Voice visited the area yesterday, the people the teen was visiting said they were completely traumatised by the shooting.
They did not want to identify themselves, nor did the boy, out of fear.
“He came to the house at 7.15pm to fetch his phone but when he came to the gate, two guys walked past him and then one turned around and just shot him,” said a relative.
“They didn’t say anything, there were no arguments, just two gunshots and one of them even came through our gate.
“Everything happened so quick, we all rushed around grabbing towels and trying to get the blood cleaned up and just tried to stop him from dying.
“It is so unfair that this happened to a guy that is so humble and such a good guy.
“He was supposed to write a paper today but now he is sitting in hospital with a bullet wound in his neck.”
The family said residents were told by skollies that any person seen outside at night will be shot due to a turf war.
A 36-year-old male resident said: “After 7am, I don’t even go to the shop that is just across the road from my house. I have to go outside of my area. We have gangsters living on either side of the field so everybody in this area is in danger.”
Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk confirmed that the shooting took place and that no arrests have been made.