Article by: Emma Clayfield
According to media reports, 8 people have been arrested in connection with the killing of black people last week in the community of Phoenix, North of Durban South Africa.
This is followed by a community of Indian nationals taking the lawless decision to the law into their own hands by creating multiple roadblocks in semi urban communities, as an attempt to allegedly prevent people from coming into their communities without providing reasons for their presence or passage through their said communities.
Self proclaimed community safety authority members took vigilantism to extremes, by racially profiling people commuting through the Phoenix community.
The men who were part of the “community patrolling forum” in Phoenix went as far as stopping cars, searching them and even demanding passengers to provide proof of where they were heading and why they were commuting through Phoenix. These acts of vigilantism led to the death of over 20 black people.
No single African family must forgive anyone who played part in the #PhoenixMassacre. It is evil to ask people to forgive & reconcile with racists— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) July 23, 2021
We must reject any Commission of Inquiry: #PhoenixMassacre must be criminally investigated with the intent of criminal prosecution!
Through viral social media videos, we witnessed the ill treatment of black people by the Indian members of the Phoenix Community Patrolling Forum, where during these illegal stop point searches, many black people were harassed and assaulted by means of their vehicles being hit with dangerous weapons.
Many reports emerged where innocent black citizens were brutally beaten, shot and burnt along with the gruesome act of their cars bring shot at and burned.
Reports have emerged that 8 suspects have been arrested in Phoenix, in connection with this gruesome acts that led to the death of over 20 innocent black people. They are due to appear in court.
Sifiso Mahlangu:— Izwe Lethu (@LandNoli) July 26, 2021
Things went wrong in Phoenix
A Black lady's car is burned. Black men get shot not because they looted, because they're Black
Soldiers go to Townships for beans not Phoenix to disarm
We don't have insurrection. Accountability starts at the top#PhoenixMassacre pic.twitter.com/U2M9Tqn0ls
Its so heartbreaking when theres clear evidence for these people to be arrested yet nothing is done "Mam Khawula" #PhoenixMassacre #PhoenixMassacra #Phoenix. I ask myself whether our @SAPoliceService is existent only to deal with blacks only or what,r they cowards or what pic.twitter.com/7ePRIYSoDB— Sassy girl (@mysasinesupsetu) July 20, 2021
This is a result of the string of protests, unrest and looting of shops and malls that ensued in the KwaZulu-Natal province, following the disapproval by Citizens with the Constitutional Courts decision to incarcerate Former South African President Jacob Zuma to 15 months in prison, for being in contempt of court.
Zuma’s incarceration is as a result of his refusal to comply with a court order instructing him to testify at the commission into State Capture Inquiry, namely the “Zondo Commission”, where he stands accused of a series of corruption allegations, during his tenure as South African President alongside the infamous Gupta family.
The Constitutional Court of South Africa on Tuesday 29 June 2021 announced to the public; the court’s decision to sentence Former President Jacob Zuma to 15 months in prison for being in contempt of court.
News of Zumas sentence by the constitutional court sent a wave of outrage throughout the country and led to civil unrest through key parts of the country, which was largely received on social media as the hashtag #KZNShutdown movement, where Zuma supporters were calling for his release.
Citizens took to the streets in protest by the blockading of major transportation routes into and out of KwaKwaZulu-Natal, such as the N3 highway where several trucks and logistics vehicles carrying goods were set ablaze as obstructions.
KZN premier Sihle Zikalala and other members of the Provincial Executive Council and eThekwini Municipality leadership arriving to address families of the victims killed during the alleged racial tensions in Phoenix.@IOL #KZNshutdown #kznlooting #kznunrest #PhoenixMassacra pic.twitter.com/UKI7xr6Tyy— Nokuthula Mabuza (@_MabuzaN) July 20, 2021
I don't have the English to express my hurt about #PhoenixMassacre. There are so many unanswered questions. There's so much being swept under the carpet. Those were human beings!!! You have no right or authority over anyone's life!! Why so much hatred??!!— Kung Fu Smile (@ReiRei_Manyoni) July 26, 2021
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