Toddler, 3, killed in crossfire in Cape Town

A three-year-old was shot and killed in Rylands, Cape Town.
A three-year-old was shot and killed in Rylands, Cape Town.
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A three-year-old boy was shot and killed after being caught in crossfire during an exchange of gunshots in Rylands, Cape Town, city officials said on Tuesday.

The incident happened on Monday morning.

According to Western Cape social development MEC Albert Fritz, the toddler died in hospital. Fritz said unidentified men in a white light delivery vehicle opened fire in the direction of the child's home.

The motive for the shooting was unclear.

"Violence, especially against children, has no place in our society. We all have a role to play as government, civil society, religious leaders, and families to ensure that we work tirelessly to eradicate violence in all its forms.

"I call on parents and communities to be extra vigilant especially regarding the safety of children who will shortly be enjoying their Easter holidays. We must work better together if we are to keep our young people safe," he said.

Social workers have been deployed to the area.

"If you have been affected by the incident and require psycho-social support, please contact your local DSD office. Alternatively, you can call the DSD Hotline on 0800 220 250 for support," Fritz said.

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