African National Congress (ANC) Youth League National Task Team spokesperson Sizophila Mkhize along with some party members and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members are protesting outside the Verulam Magistrate’s Court north of Durban.

This as seven suspects are due to appear in court in connection with the violent unrest two weeks ago. It is alleged that at least 20 people were killed in Phoenix amid racially motivated attacks. More than 300 people died in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng during the unrest.

Mkhize says leaders should not shy away from calling the brutal killing of people racially motivated acts.

“Part of the reasons we are here today is because there is a leadership vacuum in South Africa when it comes to government in SA. They are not doing what they are supposed to do. Look what is here, what is happening, there are two groupings, and these two groupings there are two races, I do not know why are we in denial of taking the bull by its horns, this is not a racial conflict, there have been racial killings here, there are Indians, there are Black people, who are not seeing eye to eye. If government was serious about fixing this situation of Phoenix and surrounding, part of the things that they were supposed to do was to be here today.”