President Cyril Ramaphosa says government is worried about what happened in Phoenix, north of Durban and the matter is receiving attention.

About 20 people were killed two weeks ago in what some have called acts of vigilantism.

Ramaphosa says the Phoenix matter is being considered at political, security and criminal levels.

He has sent his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives.

“We empathise with them because some of the incidents that took place in Phoenix are simply what we do not want to have in our country, where there was a measure of vigilantism and targeting of people. So, the Phoenix matter remains front of mind and we want to examine it in all its aspects to see precisely what type of way forward we want to chart.”

Earlier, a coalition of civic groups under the banner #JusticeForPhoenixMassacreVictims called for arrests in the deaths of the more than 20 people.

Some bodies are yet to be identified at a Phoenix mortuary.

More than 120 people were killed in KwaZulu-Natal during the violence and looting that took place two weeks ago.

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Convener of the coalition Jackie Shandu says there is a need for reparations to be paid to families that lost their loved ones in Phoenix.

“We were at the Phoenix mortuary yesterday morning and they confirmed that 74 people have died from this senseless slaughter of innocent unarmed non-violent victims. 43 bodies are yet to be claimed by their families including foreign nationals,” says Shandu.

Also ActionSA’s chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Makhosi Khoza, told a media briefing that she received voice notes by African National Congress (ANC) members three weeks before the start of the violent unrest.

Khoza says the voice notes made it clear that the goal was to force President Cyril Ramaphosa and his cabinet to quit.

ANC spokesperson in KwaZulu-Natal, Nhlakanipho Ntombela, and the former ANC MP should have reported the voice notes to law enforcement agencies.

Ntombela says they do not know if such calls were indeed made by ANC members.

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