KZN activist sorry for ‘One Indian, one bullet’ remarks

KZN activist sorry for ‘One Indian, one bullet’ remarks

The convener of the group Justice for Phoenix Massacre Victims has retracted the inflammatory comments he made against the Indian community.

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Steve Bhengu

Jackie Shandu led chants that promoted violence against the Indian community during a protest outside the Durban City Hall on Thursday. 

The group was marching against the killings that took place in Phoenix during the unrest over two weeks ago. 

Shandu's remarks received backlash, with eThekwini Municipality and Premier Sihle Zikalala calling him to order. The African Democratic Change Party laid criminal charges against Shandu on Friday, while Action SA plans to file a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission. 

“I said ‘One settler, one bullet, one Indian, one bullet.’ I want to withdraw those remarks because I don’t condone violence,” said Shandu. 

“I see the potential they have to inflame already-existing racial tensions. I just wanted to be on record. I am saying that having reflected, having sobered up. 

“Of course one was deeply enraged at that moment. One was feeling the hurt and the pain and the trauma. Certain things came out, but we are anti-racist.”

Meanwhile, the ANC says disciplinary action will be taken against National YouthTask Team member Sizophila Mkhize who made racist remarks against Indian people in KZN. 

The party was made aware of the video of Mkhize making derogatory comments. 

It says not only are Mkhize's utterances unacceptable, but bring the movement into disrepute.

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