Durban - A packed church was petrol-bombed, a man shot dead and a 71-year-old woman hit in the arm by a stray bullet as gang war gripped Wentworth.
Religious leaders and residents believe the violence, over a 48-hour period, was sparked by the murder of a former gangster outside a Florida Road nightclub two weeks ago.
Now, in the midst of a spike in drive-by shootings and clashes between rival gangs - over the lucrative drug trade - residents of the south Durban suburb are questioning why police recently shut down a gang task force set up by the Hawks two years ago.
Two people were killed and five injured, including an 8-year-old girl, in three shooting incidents in Hanover Park on Thursday.
Western Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said all three incidents took place on Thursday morning, hours apart from each other.
"A 23-year-old man was shot and wounded at the bus terminus in Hanover Park at 05:15 by an unknown suspect who fled the scene," Traut said.
What's your walk to school like when, everyday, you have to cross one of the poorest parts of South Africa to get to class? Kelina then 11, now aged 15, is getting an education in a township in Cape Town, riddled with guns, drugs and violence. How does she see the world on her daily trip to school.
Why Poverty? is a ground breaking, cross-media event, online and on TV, using films to get people talking about poverty, wealth and inequality.
In this 2012 short film produced by Ma'engere Film Productions & Steps International with Nadine Cloete directing and Steve Markovitz producing, Kelina shows us the world through her eyes.