KZN govt to unveil Phoenix unrest memorial monument

KZN govt to unveil Phoenix unrest memorial monument

The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government executive council says plans to unveil a Phoenix monument and peace garden are underway.

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The monument, which will be unveiled in December, will be erected to honour those who lost their lives during the July civil unrest.

It will feature the names of all the victims of the Phoenix massacre.

"This peace monument and garden will be erected as a mark of honour and remembrance for those who lost their lives during the civil unrest and looting which took place in July this year in various parts of KwaZulu-Natal," the provincial goverment said in a statement.

The council has also condemned the fueling of tensions through election posters by political parties in the Phoenix area, which heightened racial tensions.

"The executive council condemned the fuelling of tensions through the divisive posters by opportunistic political parties in the Phoenix area which has heightened tensions in the area. 

"In this regard the Executive Council directed the MEC for Education and Champion of eThekwini Metro Kwazi Mshengu to intervene and bring the community together. 

"The Executive Council calls upon the communities to resist all those who are using these unfortunate events to further divide the community or to make political capital out of the misery of the people." 

The  Democratic Alliance (DA) has received major backlash after it put up the election posters with the slogan ‘The ANC called you racists, The DA calls you heroes' on Tuesday.

Party leader John Steenhuisen has come out strongly defending the posters saying all South Africans who protected their communities during the July unrest are heroes.


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