KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has made this announcement in September at a peace march from Phoenix to the neighbouring township of Bhambhayi in the north of Durban.

Meanwhile, various initiatives have been launched to heal the rifts caused by the killings.

Zikalala says the monument will bear the names of all the victims of the Phoenix massacre. After a symbolic peace march of about a hundred people through the streets of Phoenix to the neighbouring Bhambhayi, white pigeons were released as a sign of peace.

“Tougher legislation and sentences alone will not get rid of deep-seated roots of violence. We need to return to the source and begin to promote sanity for human lives in our families, (and) in our communities. The foundation is the family, and we must build from our families,” says Zikalala.

Parliament to probe killings

In July, Parliament announced that it would probe the violent unrest, vandalism and looting which left over 300 people dead in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

Government is yet to give clarity on the people and reasons behind the public unrest despite President Cyril Ramaphosa’s suggestion that it was an insurrection.

National Assembly House Chairperson responsible for Committees, Cedric Frolick, said the probe will start as soon as possible.

“The visit by the parliamentary committees in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng last week raised more questions than answers after seeing the devastation that was caused by the looting and the rioting that took place. Absolute mayhem of property being destroyed and lives lost. It became clear to us that we require more information,” he says.

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