South Africans express outrage at Phoenix families
South Africans expressed outrage at the family members of the alleged Phoenix Massacre instigators.
This after members of the Indian community took to the streets of Phoenix and marched to the Phoenix SAPS Police station, demanding for their family members, the accused to be released out on bail.
The accused were imprisoned for crimes that took place during the KwaZulu-Natal Shutdown that engulfed KZN during July where Zuma supporters rendered a state of anarchy in KZN and parts of Johannesburg. The accused were imprisoned for their vicious crimes against people who were reportedly not involved in the violent looting that took place at the time.
They massacred Black people, incl. 3yr old child. @CyrilRamaphosa praised them. AdeC protested their arrest calling them heroes. Now the illiterate @jsteenhuisen & @Our_DA call them heroes. Why? Because to all of them Black lives don’t matter. This is provocation#PhoenixMassacre pic.twitter.com/YBeuuCEMRj
— Vusi Khoza (@vusumuzikhoza) October 6, 2021
With some facing murder charges among other crimes.
Pictures of some of the Indian community holding placards outside the police station, after submitting their memorandum of demands began circulating on social media platforms, setting Twitter abuzz.
Placards reading, ‘Free our heroes’, ‘Free phoenix accused
now’, ‘Justice for all’ could be seen in many of the images.
Twitter users were outraged, questioning how the perpetrators could be labelled ‘heroes.’ Saying wounds from that violent incident had not begun to heal yet.
— Buhle💞💗🎓 (@Mabongilesi) September 30, 2021
Some South Africans accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of having defended the India community in an interview that was broadcast on the SABC news, claiming that Ramaphosa had said that the the Indian community had been merely defending their assets and South African democracy, because they could see that the unrest was an assault to democracy.
While some stated that they felt that Ramaphosa had condoned what the Indian community had done. Others reprimanded each other for not having acted violently against the Indian community at the time of the riots.
— Ayandi💓 (@Ayandi07684809) September 30, 2021
Just in case you’d forgotten what happened in Phoenix. Just in case. The “racists” that are now “heroes.” The place that a few months ago racial tensions raged. https://t.co/AKYEhEryuP
— Phumzile Van Damme (@zilevandamme) October 5, 2021