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'Cops can't solve CPT's gang problems alone'

An academic researcher says law enforcement alone will not solve the Western Cape's gang problem.

An academic researcher says law enforcement alone will not solve the Western Cape's gang problem.

CAPE TOWN - Law enforcement alone will not solve the Western Cape's gang problem, an academic researcher said on Sunday.

Areas like Lavender Hill, Hanover Park, Elsies River and more recently Grassy Park have been plagued by gang violence in recent months.

However, this has been a long-running problem in the province.

Last week, eight-year-old Junaid McKenzie became one of the latest victims when he was caught in the crossfire in Steenberg. He was shot in the head.

Stellenbosch lecturer Derica Lambrecht, who is doing her PHD on the impact of gang violence on the state, said it is not a policing issue alone.

"We have to remember, if they arrest gang suspects - that is not the only reason. What i have found specifically is that we need urban renewal."

Meanwhile, police are still looking for McKenzie's killer.

Spokesperson Frederick van Wyk said: "The investigation still continues in the murder of the eight-year-old boy."