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E Cape boy shot in gang violence

The DA has called for action after a five-year-old was shot in the face.

The DA has called for action after a five-year-old was shot in the face. Picture: sxc.hu.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape has called for action after a five-year-old Port Elizabeth boy was shot in the face.

The DA's Bobby Stevenson says even though the boy survived the incident, he is among scores of people injured in the ongoing gang violence in the city.

PE police have confirmed 117 people have killed in gang related shootings there in the last two years.

"This is a horrific figure and it shows the extent to which our community is becoming a war zone. What the real tragedy is that a number of innocent by-standers including school children have been injured in this violence. "

The Cape Town Community Policing Forum has said a concerted effort must be made to clamp down on gang violence.

At least 10 people have died in gang-related violence in the city since the start of the year.

Community Policing Forum Chairperson Faizel Abrahams says the public, law enforcement bodies, NGOs and government must come together to find a lasting solution to gang violence instead of playing a blame game.

"We need to really get all parties to the table and together consult and work out a best practice in which to resolve these issues."

Abrahams says the scourge of drug abuse within communities fuels gang violence and must be curbed if gangsterism is to be eradicated.

On-going peace talks in areas like Mitchells Plain have also failed to yield long-term solutions.

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town launched 'Operation Punch' last month, a task force that aims to curb the recent flare-up of gang violence.

The operation has netted over 50 suspects, including a police detective who was arrested for dealing in drugs.