Director of the Centre of Non-violence at the Durban University of Technology, Crispin Hemson, says the Democratic Alliance (DA) is using what he terms contempt in its messaging on its Local Government Elections posters in Phoenix, Durban.
As the race to the elections heats up, the party has blamed the African National Congress for the alleged racial tensions in the area after the recent civil unrest.
The DA is adamant that there’s nothing wrong with using this as a means of campaigning for the elections in KwaZulu-Natal.
Hemson says the DA is using insensitivity to exploit alleged racial tensions that led to the deaths of more than 30 people in the area.
In July, racial tensions erupted during the unrest in the area. People were killed, most of them black. People in the area described gunshots, dead bodies, and cars being torched.
After the looting, there were attacks in homes and businesses, and residents in Phoenix set up barricades at almost every intersection. Indian residents were pitted against their Black neighbours living in the informal settlements of Bhambayi, Zwelish and Amaoti
VIDEO: Director of 6 Degree Shift, Dr. Rama Naidu reflects on the Phoenix violence:
Last month, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala announced that a monument and peace garden will be built to commemorate the 36 victims of the Phoenix massacre in July and the affected communities.
Zikalala made the announcement at a peace march from Phoenix to the neighbouring township of Bhambhayi in the north of Durban.
VIDEO: Phoenix peace march: