Cape Town police are investigating a case of murder after a two-year-old boy and his father died in an alleged gang-related shooting in Bonteheuwel on the Cape Flats.

Ward councillor Angus McKenzie says Zhario Johnson was wounded in the attack on Thursday night, but later died in hospital.

He says the boy’s 32-year-old father died on the scene.

He adds that it is unacceptable that murders and shootings are going unprosecuted and has called for an end to the violence.

Gang violence devastating communities

Close to 2 000 people lost their lives between February to August in 2019 in violent crimes on the Cape Flats, with a large number of the deaths being as a result of gang shootings.

The South African National Defence Force was deployed to the area in July last year in a bid to assist police in their effort to curb rampant crime.

The video below highlights the devastating effects of gang violence:

-Additional reporting by SABC News.