Shante ’getting better’ as boy, 16, held for shooting

Chante Abrahams, 9, is in hospital after she was shot in Kraaifontein.

A 16-year-old boy from Scottsdene has been arrested in connection with a suspected gang-related shooting that left Shante Abrahams, 9, injured and a 20-year-old man dead.

Provincial police spokesman Colonel André Traut said the suspect was arrested last week and made a court appearance on Wednesday August 3.

He referred further questions to the Kraaifontein police who did not respond by time of publication.

Police are investigating a murder and two attempted murder cases after the shooting at Ashley Court, in Kraaifontein on Friday July 30 (“Girl, 9, struck by stray gang bullet,” Northern News, August 3). A woman was also wounded in the incident.

Ward councillor Grant Twigg said on Monday August 9 that Shante was still in hospital.

Shante’s father, Christopher Abrahams, told the Northern News in a WhatsApp message that his daughter was “getting better” and making a speedy recovery.

“I’m grateful she’s still alive,” he said.

Meanwhile community activist Denver Dreyer led a 100-strong prayer march this week from Da Gama Street to Ashley Court.

“We had three moms whose children were wounded from stray bullets pray with us,” he said, adding that Shante’s mother, Levouna, had joined the march.

“People were compliant and listening to the message we wanted to bring. We want our community to be safe,” Mr Dreyer said.

Scottsdene residents held a prayer march for Shante Abrahams, 9, who has been hospitalised for more than a week after being shot in the neck.