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UPDATE: 31 people arrested in connection with #phoenixmassacre

Article by: Dumisane Dube

Police Minister Bheki Cele announced that the number of people arrested in connection with the killings at Phoenix last month has increased to 31.

Cele was addressing residents of KwaMadlala informal settlement in Lamontville in KwaZulu-Natal at a community engagement following the death of a woman during a police operation to retrieve looted goods in the area.

It is reported that 36 people were killed in Phoenix during the civil unrest and looting last month.

Last week, 22 people were arrested and charged. Some of the suspects, that have already appeared in court, face multiple charges, including murder, attempted murder, possession of firearms, and ammunition.

Police minister said they expect the number increase as investigations continue.

“Some of them you know they were 22 and they are added, they will be going to court but all together they are 31.  We expect the number to grow, when it comes to the people that are regarded as instigators the figure has remained 12, but that figure does not end there because there are many that have been identified and police are identifying more people going forward,” he added.

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