SAHRC To Investigate 20 Deaths In Pheonix


The South African Human Rights Commission in KwaZulu-Natal says it will investigate the recent unrest that led to the death of 20 people in Phoenix.



The South African Human Rights Commission in KwaZulu-Natal says it will investigate the recent unrest that led to the death of 20 people in Phoenix. In media statement issued  on Monday 

This comes after widespread violence and looting that began in KwaZulu Natal broke out in parts of South Africa last week. Speaking during an interview with eNCA, SAHRC commissioner, Chris Nissen says that some of the roles played by the SAHR include, responding to challenges faced by the president as well to investigate matters of race and social cohesion. 

"Certainly we are in full agreement with the president that we should be looking into and assessing the situation in terms of racism, particularly with regard to the Pheonix and the greater Durban area in KwaZulu Natal. But certainly, the human rights commission has always been involved in investigating assessing and probing violations around racism in this country." He said

Nissen adds that the SAHRC will look into all aspects of the incident that occurred in Pheonix in order to ensure that the investigation is a fair process that reflects all the parties involved.

Nissen also urges the country's various law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of community members as well as their property and adds that the SAHRC condemns any vigilantism. 

 Additionally In a media statement issued on Tuesday, The SAHRC says that will it be hosting a dialogue on Friday, 23rd July 2021, to be followed by a series of stakeholder engagements. This is forms part of  the commission's effort to find a resolution toward the circumstances that gave rise to last week’s events.

And according to reports by IOL KZN premier Sihle Zikalala confirmed on Monday that one arrest had been for the killings that took place in Pheonix.

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