Nov 29, 2021

Phoenix Community Joins KZN Premier Zikalala In Peace Walk

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Encouraging unity in racial tensions, Zikalala said, South Africa is not for Indians, coloured, black or white but for all of us.

FILE PHOTO: MEC of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Ravi Pillay, leaders of the Indian community, Premier Sihle Zikalala during the peace walk in Phoenix earlier today. PICTURE: KZN Gov/Facebook

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DURBAN: The walk started from the Rydavale sports grounds ended at the Bambayi grounds.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala is leading a delegation of local MEC, representatives of community organisations and religious groups on a peace walk aimed at uniting and reconciling citizens while addressing the violence and racial tensions.

The first peace and reconciliation initiative, which was recently passed by the provincial government, took place on Tuesday at Phoenix north of Durban.

The walk started from the Rydavale sports grounds ended at the Bambayi grounds.

Meanwhile, it is almost two months after the Phoenix violence that left 36 people dead and stoked racial tensions between the suburb’s Indian community and their African neighbours.

According to the official reports, the group of Indian residents in Pheonix and surrounding areas formed vigilante groups to protect their property.

FILE PHOTO: A Indian and African woman carrying placards during the KwaZulu-Natal peace walk. PICTURE: KZN Gov/Facebook

Most of those who were killed were from KwaMashu, Amaoti, Inanda and Bhambayi which are predominately African townships around Phoenix.

Encouraging unity in racial tensions, Zikalala said, South Africa is not for Indians, coloured, black or white but for all of us.

“We want to ensure that building peace is also complemented by reinforcing justice. Therefore, justice must be seen and prevail irrespective of who we are or where we stay.

“We must ensure that the families of the victims must be supported to get back to their initial state. Those who committed such atrocities during the racial tensions and public unrest must be held responsible,” said Zikalala.

He also urged rebuilding the communities, livelihood as well as the economy.

Mr Zikalala added that Covid-19 and distressing event of unrest has left a devastating effect on the economy, poverty and inequality and unemployment.

The peace walks form part of the provincial government’s concerted efforts to enhance unity and social cohesion in the province following the civil unrest and racial tensions.

According to the statement on Monday, the government of KwaZulu-Natal has adopted a 365-day social cohesion and moral regeneration programme as part of building a united and peaceful province.

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