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Phoenix residents march for peace and unity
1 August 2021, 7:39 PM

Members of the Phoenix community in Durban marched for peace and unity under the All Lives Matter Campaign on Sunday.

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.

 

They also demand that police who are accused of violence and brutality be referred to the police watchdog, IPID.

The community is also calling for a racially representative police team to investigate the killings in and around Phoenix.

They say they are united against those who committed crimes.

A police task team have opened 35 murder dockets after investigations into the killings that have sparked a public outcry with some urging government to declare them a massacre.

To date, 10 suspects have appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on several charges, including murder, attempted murder and the illegal possession of unlicenced firearms.

Fostering social cohesion:

 

 

South Africa’s hunt for glory at Olympics continues, despite setbacks to medal favourites
1 August 2021, 5:28 PM

 

Italy’s Marcell Jacobs has become the fastest man in the world. This after winning the Blue Ribbon event at the Tokyo Olympics.

Jacobs won ahead of Fred Kerley of America and Canada’s Andre de Grasse, who beat South Africa’s Akani Simbine to the bronze medal.

All is not lost, though for Team SA as Wayde Van Niekerk is still in line to defend his Olympic 400m title after he qualified for the semi-finals in his discipline.

Team South Africa went into Sunday with the hopes of adding more silverware to the three they’ve so far received from the pool over the past week.

At the Tatsumi Water Polo Centre, the South African Women’s team ended their competition with another drubbing, this time at the hands of Australia who beat them 14-1.

Leo Davis did not fare any better in the Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavyweight Sailing Final.

The 29-year-old South African finishing dead last in his competition.

The Greens were also not too kind to Team SA.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout closed with a 67 to end the men’s competition on 11-under 273, 6 shots behind clubhouse leader, former South African Rory Sabbatini who now plays for Slovakia.

The other South African out on the greens was Garrick Higgo who shot his 3rd level par round in four days to finish on one-under 283.

Onto track and field, South Africa’s Zakithi Nene and World Record holder Wayde Van Niekerk opened their account at the games in the men’s 400m heats.

Both Nene and Van Niekerk were way off the pace in their respective runs, the 23-year-old Nene coming home fifth in heat two in a time of 45.74 seconds.

Van Niekerk was a whole two seconds off his gold medal-winning time at the Rio Olympics five years ago, but it was good enough to see him secure a semi-final berth on Monday evening.

Sokwakhana Zazini was not as lucky in the men’s 400m hurdles semi-finals.

He finished sixth in a time of 48.99 and missed out on the finals.

The Olympics are currently under way until 8 August.

 

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.

On Thursday, a coalition of civic groups calling itself Justice for Phoenix Massacre Victims marched to the city hall, calling for the establishment of a commission of inquiry into the deaths of more than 20 people in the Phoenix area, north of Durban.

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. ”

ANC Youth League Task Team member, Sizophila Mkhize, is also in hot water for inflammatory remarks over the Phoenix killings.

She allegedly accused Indians of killing African people.

Now, the governing party is threating disciplinary action against her.

The ANC issued a statement, labelling her remarks as derogatory and racist. Report by Bongani Gema and Nonhlakanipho Magwaza

SABC News television report on this story in the video below:

Mixed reactions over cabinet’s decision to dissolve five North West municipalities
1 August 2021, 3:49 PM

There are mixed reactions to a decision by cabinet to dissolve five North West municipalities. The ailing Ratlou Local Municipality in Setlagole just outside Mahikeng is one entity facing dissolution.

The municipality is reportedly marred by allegations of corruption, fraud and political squabbles.

Allegations of large scale corruption are being investigated by the Special Investigating Unit( SIU).  They relate to the irregular awarding of tenders – for personal protective equipment – worth R25 million.

“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.

 

A task team of UN and KZN officials has been established to identify priority areas in need of support.

A delegation, led by the UN’s Resident Coordinator, Nardos Bekele-Thomas, has finished a two-day visit to Durban to assess the impact of the unrest.

The delegation met with the KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala and eThekwini municipality officials.

Zikalala says the UN is a key ally in job creation and stimulating economic growth after the looting and violence.

On Thursday, the premier announced that the province has asked the national government to declare a state of disaster in the province following the unrest and mass looting, which resulted in the loss of life and widespread destruction.

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.

Zikalala briefs the media on economic recovery:

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