Death Toll In Phoenix Rises To 36

Police Minister Bheki Cele has recently confirmed that the number of people killed in Pheonix during the recent unrest has risen to 36. Cele was speaking while giving an update on law enforcement at Inanda police station in Phoenix north of Durban on Tuesday.


Police Minister, Bheki Cele said that the number of people killed in Phoenix, north of Durban, during civil unrest in the country three weeks ago has now increased to 36.

The events in Phoenix, which I have outlined, have claimed the lives of 36 people.

Minister Cele said that one person was stabbed to death while another was run over by a motor vehicle. Two were burnt to death. Two others died from the brutal injuries they sustained after being assaulted. 

Cele added that the SAPS is currently investigating a total of 52 cases of attempted murder and probing nine of common assault as well as 16 cases of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm

He said that these figures will be updated and made available to the public as investigations continue.

I want to be very clear about this: what happened in Phoenix were criminal acts of the worst kind which also took a racial turn.These acts have no place in our society and the perpetrators will be arrested and prosecuted.

According to the Police Minister, the investigations are being conducted by a team of 31 experienced detectives from KwaZulu-Natal and across the country.

So far, their investigations have led to the arrest of 22 suspects. Some of them are allegedly connected to several murder cases while others face charges relating to attempted murder, malicious damage to property, and defeating the ends of justice. 

Cele added that all the suspects are undergoing court processes, while some will appear in court on Tuesday morning.

On the 12th of July 2021, the community members in Phoenix set up blockades and patrolled the neighbourhood streets after the start of mass looting and unrest in Durban

Some people in the community set up armed checkpoints at strategic access points to the area. However, the situation quickly escalated and soon the streets of Phoenix became scenes of crime.

Read: SAPS Full Statement 


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