KZN PREMIER EMBARKS ON A PEACE WALK
The KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala together with the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), MEC Ravi Pillay, Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Neliswa Nkonyeni, Sports, Arts Culture and Recreation MEC Hlengiwe Mavimbela and other MECs took to the streets of Phoenix and walked to Bhambayi settlement to restore unity and social cohesion following the brutal killings that took place during the July unrests.
The motive of the walk was to address the racial and political factors that have been occurring at Phoenix ,which saw a deadly civil unrest that took the lives of people in the area. The premier called on various communities to support the division between the Indians and Black people.
“Tougher legislation and sentences alone will not get rid of deep-seated roots of violence. We need to return to the source and begin to promote sanity for human lives in our families, and in our communities. The foundation is the family, and we must build from our families,” Zikalala said.
The team acknowledged that healing takes time, it cannot be expected to happen overnight.
“Wounds will never heal until and unless there is demonstrable justice. We walk these streets today in a belief that peace and justice is possible. That peace and justice will not about simply because we proclaim it,” Zikalala added.
Meanwhile, the trio that is facing murder charges in connection with July’s unrest and killings in Phoenix were back in court on 15 September 2021 to start their bail application again.
Dylan Govender, Ned Govender, and Jeetendra Jaikissoon appeared in the Verulam Magistrate Court. On their previous court appearance, they abandoned their bail application.
The case was postponed to 17 September 2021.