This follows the deaths of more than 20 people in the Phoenix area during unrest three weeks ago.
Racial tensions flared up amid the looting and violence, as civilians formed groups to protect themselves and alleged racial attacks took place.
Residents denounced racism and all forms of violence, and crime.
The community handed over a memorandum to the local police station with a list of demands. They want the police to ensure the safety of all residents, and that all those who incite violence and fear be prosecuted.
A memorandum for the safety, peace and well being of the residents of Phoenix has been handed over the station commander of the Phoenix Police station. #sabcnewspic.twitter.com/W2dHaYCKPj
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Two KZN political activists in hot water over inflammatory remarks on Phoenix killings
1 August 2021, 4:39 PM
Two political activists have landed themselves in hot water following inciteful remarks made during events to highlight the killings which took place in Phoenix in Durban. The ANC has threatened action against its member, while a former EFF leader is facing criminal charges.
However, the former deputy chairperson of the EFF, Jackie Shandu, has now issued an apology for his “one settler one bullet, one Indian one bullet” remarks he made outside the Durban City Hall.
The deceased were killed during unrest, sparked by the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma, more than two weeks ago.
During his address, Shandu was captured in a video that has since gone viral chanting “One Settler one bullet, one Indian one bullet.”
Shandu now says he does not condone violence.
“During our march, I made some problematic remarks which with benefit of hindsight now should not have been said. I said one settler one bullet, one Indian one bullet. I want to withdraw those remarks because I do not condone violence and I see the potential they have to sort of inflame already existing racial tensions,” he says.
Opposition parties laid criminal charges against Shandu.
DA KZN leader Francois Rodgers says violence is not the solution.
“We are informed by the senior officials here that the case has been open and it’s currently under investigation we’ve also handed over further evidence of racist and incitement slogans that are being posted on social media and we’ve asked for that to be investigated. We cannot continue on this vain using race and using violence as a solution to the problem we’re facing in our province.”
African Democratic Change leader, Visvin Reddy, says Shandu’s statement is reckless and it could have negative consequences.
“We cannot allow statements like that to be made and I realise that he is someone who is uneducated who doesn’t know the history behind our country. The role that SA Indians have played in this country to bring our freedom. When statement were made about kill the boer kill the farmer you saw the repercussions of that. Farmers we being killed on the farms. This is the implications of this reckless kind of statement. ”
I have reported this hate speech to the @SAHRCommission. It is completely unacceptable that in 2021 people are still allowed to threaten people with these pathetic hateful songs. Jackie Shandu (@1OusmaneSembene) should face the full might of the law for this. pic.twitter.com/8llxzRIxQl
“Decision at the level of the national cabinet is made and it is only for the province to implement. The decision is that we would have a few of our municipalities dissolved. The municipalities include Ditsobotla, Ratlou, Ramotshere Moiloa, Tswaing and Kgetleng”, says MEC for Cooperative Governance, Mmoloki Cwaile.
However, Ratlou municipal authorities say the decision is unjustifiable.
”According to me, or according to us as council we wonder why are we included in those worst municipalities. Service delivery is changing you can see it vividly. We really feel is not justifiable,” says the mayor of the municipality, Segametsi Ntladi.
Some residents support government’s intervention.
David Selepile is one them. ”I welcome the government’s decision to dissolve our council as it is not assisting us at all. We do not have water for many years now. Contractors are appointed but the situation does not improve at all,” explains Selepile.
The North West Provincial Executive Committee is expected to convene a special meeting this week to agree on a resolution to the implement cabinet’s decision to dissolve the affected municipalities.
ANC North West IPC report – five municipalities affected:
UN agencies pledge support to help rebuild KZN following looting, violence and destruction
31 July 2021, 11:00 PM
United Nations (UN) agencies in South Africa have pledged their full support to assisting KwaZulu-Natal recover from the devastating looting and violence that gripped the province almost three weeks ago.
The protests began as a show of support for the release from prison of former president Jacob Zuma, who is serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court. But it escalated into riots, leaving at least 250 people dead.