The on-going gang violence in Port Elizabeth’s northern areas prompted a visit by the Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane.
His first stop was the home of the Ruiters family, whose two-year-old daughter Caydene, was shot and killed in gang warfare crossfire in December last year.
For Davidene Ruiters, Caydene’s mother, the sound of gunshots is common.
“When I hear gunshots, I throw myself from the bed and I start praying and I feel anxiety because I feel I am going to get shot. It was gangsters that shot my two-year-old child, it’s not nice.”
Caydene and her sister Tamlynn were in their yard when gunfire erupted. Two-year-old Caydene was shot through the heart. She died on the way to hospital.
The DA leader took a swipe at the newly formed metro police force in Nelson Mandela Bay that was launched last week.
“In this community we must have young people who can serve in the metro police force, under a new government, that is well trained… so we can fight against drugs in this community. Drug lords must not be the lords of this community,” says Maimane.
DA mayoral candidate Athol Trollip was also present.
The latest gang related shooting claimed the life of a community leader just last week.