Motive Behind Phoenix Murders Still Unclear
More than 20 people lost their lives in Phoenix, KwaZulu-Natal, after confrontations broke out between Phoenix residents and those they suspected to be looters. Continue to read for more.
The confrontations were said to be racially motivated between the Phoenix and Inanda residents. The Phoenix area is dominated by Indian race, when the Inanda is by Zulu people.
The Phoenix residents are reported to be saying they were protecting their livelihoods from the looting mobs. The residents say they under attack and had no other alternative but to protect themselves.
A 13-year-old Indian boy is said to have been killed in the streets of Phoenix and one woman shot in the head. The community suspects that the killings committed by the same mob who threatened to loot their businesses and burn their houses.
When asked whether they had seen anyone committing the acts of mass killing more than 20 Zulu people in the area, they claimed to have been locked in their houses by curfew hours under alert level 4 lockdown.
The families of the victims are said to be looking for closure as they are not told why their members were killed in the Phoenix area. The residents can’t confirm if the murdered victims were looting or caught in the possession of stolen goods.
The Premier of KZN Sihle Zikalala was quoted to have condemned the acts of looting and killing of people in the Phoenix area.
What happened should be a lesson this should never happen again-this is embarrassing but more than embarrassing, it has been tragic, and people have lost their lives.
The looting unrest started in KZN as a protest that demanded the release of the former President,Jacob Zuma, before it got out of hand. Experts say this was the right time for security cluster to act and ensure that order is maintain.
While the victims of Phoenix massacre are still unaccounted for, there have been no arrests reported by police related to the mass killing incident. The investigations to get to the bottom of what really happened in Phoenix are said to be ongoing.
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