The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is set to start an investigation into the root causes of the endemic violence in the country.
The commission will start its work in the Western Cape, where provincial commissioner Chris Nissen says people are becoming numb in the face of daily reports of shootings and killings.
The SAHRC will soon announce the date for a probe on gang violence in the Western Cape.
Meanwhile, the commission is establishing the terms of reference for the inquiry that would look into systematic violence in townships.
About 2,000 people have died due to gang violence in the province since November last year.
The organisation’s Chris Nissen said the aim of the probe was to get to the bottom of the violence and to understand where it stemmed from.
“What we’re looking at is to have a holistic approach and a societal approach to issues of crime and violence. And we’re starting in the Western Cape because, for years, it does appear there’s systemic violence that occurs.”