Lushane Goliath was standing with friends in Ventura Street, Kensington, when he was shot on Wednesday before 9am.
The teen’s mother, Ann Goliath, 34, says her son had dropped out of school in Grade 4 to join the Americans gang.
Lushane was her only child and she says she often warned him about the dangers of gang life.
Ann had been asleep when she received the tragic news: “He was standing outside a house and, according to witnesses, the gunmen were on foot. He was shot in the head.”
Lushane admits her son had often given her sleepless nights: “He was a fun-loving child but also gave me a lot of stress, he was naughty."
“He was an American gangster. He joined the gang when he was 12-years-old.”
Cheslyn Steenberg of the Kensington Community Policing Forum is calling for more police visibility in the area.
“We condemn this because the community is in constant fear, we are told more than 20 shots went off and this was the time children were going to school,” he says.
“It is unacceptable for a community to be held hostage by a minority. We are calling on our authorities to properly resource Kensington Police Station."
“Our communities know who the gangsters are, they know where the guns are, they need to help the police.”
Police spokesperson, Captain FC Van Wyk says: “A murder case was opened for investigation, and no arrest has been made as yet.”