40 bodies found in Phoenix and surrounds, preliminary report shows

40 bodies found in Phoenix and surrounds, preliminary report shows

The families of the victims and survivors of the recent unrest in KwaZulu-Natal are being urged to report their cases to police, if they haven’t done so.

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Steve Bhengu

A preliminary report shows 40 bodies have been found in Phoenix and surrounding areas since last week.

So far, only 28 families have been able to identify their loved ones.

Community Safety MEC Peggy Nkonyeni, Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza and interfaith leaders, visited affected families in Zwelisha, Inanda, Amawoti, Bambayi and Phoenix.

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Khoza says social workers will provide them with psycho-social support. 

"On top of everything there are those families who can not bury their loved ones so we are meeting here to that task team which will ensure that they lay their beloved ones in a dignified way." 

Nkonyeni hopes there will no longer be any elements of racial tensions going forward.

"We are hoping that through the peace committee that has been established by the Minister of Police (Bheki Cele) and the community here, people are going to find solace in knowing that the provincial and the national government are doing something." 

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