'When there is shooting near the school, we fall flat on the floor'

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Scores of parents were forced to escort their children to school in Manenberg on the Cape Flats. The area is again at the centre of a vicious gang war. Teachers and principals say they're dreading the new school year.

MANENBERG - Parents were forced to escort their children to school in Manenberg on the Cape Flats.

The area is again at the centre of a vicious gang war.

Just a day before the re-opening of schools here in the Western Cape, a stray bullet pierced a classroom window and exited the prefabricated wall.

"You know, we were very excited when we arrived here on Monday. But yesterday, when two of our educators and myself arrived here at about 7.35, the gang war started again," said Leon Beukes, principal of Sonderend Primary.

The school is situated in the centre of the gang battlefield which has been ongoing since 2013.

It&39;s estimated that at least 20 people have been killed in gang-related shootings here since mid-December.

Police say while they cannot divulge their strategy or official death toll figures, plans are in place to deal with the ongoing violence. 

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