Stray bullet kills mentally disabled teen

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Colonel Andre Traut, the Western Cape police spokesperson yesterday confirmed that a teen had been shot and killed in his home in Thames Walk in Manenberg on Tuesday morning at 02h00.

The man Colonel Traut refers to was the mentally disabled teenager, Gershwin Arendse from Manenberg. Gershwin was shot and killed by a stray bullet while asleep in his family’s Wendy house.

His father, Brian Minnaar, told The Daily Voice that Gershwin started making jerking movements, leading him to believe that he was experiencing a seizure. Mr Minnaar then proceeded to hold Gershwin by the waist and support his head with his arm. He opened the door to allow some light in and only then noticed the blood on Gershwin’s arm. He then realised his son had been shot in the head. Gershwin succumbed to the wound shortly thereafter.

“Rained Bullets”

It’s further reported that Mr Minnaar told Die Son that it had ‘rained bullets’ on Tuesday morning and that any one of them could have been caught in the crossfire.

Gershwin’s neighbour Joan Williams told The Daily Voice that he was 19, but due to his disability “had the mind of a 12-year-old”. She described him as a kind boy and said he had a good sense of humour. Arendse matriculated from Mary Harding School last year and is survived by his parents and five siblings.

Drug Turf War

Community members told Die Son that, rival gangs are said to be embroiled in a drug turf war. Roegshanda Pascoe, Manenberg Safety Forum Chairperson, told IOL that the war is an annual occurrence. She explained that as the festive season approaches, gangs seek ‘recruits’ who need to prove their loyalty to the gang.

No arrests have been made as yet and the circumstances are being investigated.