A number of death have.been attributed to the Phoenix area in the wake of the unrest and looting in KZN over the previous week. A group of Church leaders have demanded an investigation into the deaths and claim racism and “vigilante justice”.
IOL reports – religious leaders in KwaZulu-Natal have expressed their condolences and offered prayers to the families who lost their loved ones in the recent violence in Phoenix, amid last week’s unrest.
The leaders marched to the local police station yesterday, calling for peace and demanding justice. The march came as the Durban University of Technology Student Representatives Council (SRC) confirmed that two university students were killed in incidents allegedly linked to racial tension in Phoenix.
The church leaders marched to the Phoenix police station to hand their memorandum to the station commander. In their memorandum, the group called for the release of former president Jacob Zuma, who is serving a 15-month sentence at the Estcourt Correctional Service for contempt of court.
Bishop Vusi Dube
One of the march organisers, Bishop Vusi Dube, said: “We are also calling for the perpetrators to hand themselves in, the same way people with looted goods are asked to take back the stolen goods.”
Dube called on the police to keep them updated about their investigations.
No mention was made of the following:
- The scarcity and late entrance of the SAPS and SANDF in order to provide only a basic level of security, being approximately 5 days from the first signs of widespread violence
- The legality of Zuma’s incarceration and the signal it would give to criminals and those who benefit from lawlessness if he we freed after two weeks into his 15 month sentence
- The precariousness of the KZN Indian community given historic violence against them eg the 1949 riots.
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