We cannot let people live in fear - WC SAHRC commissioner Chris Nissen

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.

Read: W Cape govt plans 'disruptive' gang violence solution as youth death toll rises

Nissen says the commission is busy defining its terms of reference and will announce the details in the coming week.

What we are looking at is to have a holistic approach and a societal approach to the issue of crime and violence, starting off in the Western Cape.

Chris Nissen, Western Cape commissioner - South African Human Rights Commission

We want to look at what are the crime generators and move away from the blame game.

Chris Nissen, Western Cape commissioner - South African Human Rights Commission

Nissen says they will be taking into account previous investigations into violent crime in the province and also focus on improving collaborative consultation between the relevant departments.

Looking at ways to mobilise civil society to help combat crime is also a priority.

There's not a strong enough campaign - everybody wants a bargain. When you're buying stolen goods you're buying goods with blood on it.

Chris Nissen, Western Cape commissioner - South African Human Rights Commission

How do we change the mindset of our communities to say, you're a key player in changing the crime situation in our country.

Chris Nissen, Western Cape commissioner - South African Human Rights Commission

Nissen says the ongoing violence in the Western Cape is a violation of people's rights.

We cannot let people live in fear.

Chris Nissen, Western Cape commissioner - South African Human Rights Commission

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