Phoenix Murder Suspects Appear in Court

A group of protestors gathered outside Verulam Magistrate Court in Durban singing struggle songs. They carried posters written 'no bail for Phoenix murder suspects', as the suspects appeared in court on Monday.

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The seven suspects of the Phoenix massacre appeared in Randburg court in Durban on Monday.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Brenda Muridili, says the seven suspects appearing in court also face a number of other charges.

Some of these suspects are allegedly connected to more than one murder case while others will face charges relating to attempted murder, malicious damage to property, and defeating the ends of justice.

In the meantime, the family of a 15-year-old boy who was allegedly murdered by a stray bullet during the recent unrest in KwaZulu-Natal is struggling to come to terms with his death.

Last week Tuesday, it was reported that Thulasizwe Nzimande was lying on his bed when a bullet entered the roof of his home in Phoenix, penetrating him in the head. He later died at Addington Hospital in Durban the following day.

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) spokesperson in Durban, Sizophila Mkhize, criticized the leadership in government saying that there is ignorance of important issues such as race. She said the issue of race between Indians and Zulu people didn’t start at recent Phoenix incident and that it's been ongoing for years.

Mkhize said the government is busy collecting pilchards and toilet paper from poor people instead of looking at important issues. The toilet paper that Mkhize refers to is part of the looted goods which led to some people losing their lives.

KZN recently experienced outbreaks of unrest and looting which took more than a week before calm was restored.

The unnamed suspects of the Phoenix killings were part of the group that claimed to be protecting their livelihoods. President Cyril Ramaphosa promised in his speech that the government will look into the racial tensions of Phoenix.

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