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CT trauma centre calls for more action against gang violence

Recent reports released reveal more than 100 gangs are operating in the Cape.

FILE: A Mitchells Plain gang leader shows off his tattoo on 26 February 2013. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Cape Town trauma centre has called for a commission of inquiry in a bid to end ongoing gang violence.

The Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture says gang-related murders account for 18 percent of the province's murder statistics.

Recent reports released by the centre also revealed more than 100 gangs are operating in the Cape.

The centre's Valdi van Reenen-Le Roux says the commission of inquiry is needed to investigate the effect of gang violence and establish preventative measures.

"The fact that they shoot in Manenberg every single day doesn't frighten parents therefore they can't link the behaviour of their children in class with the actual trauma."