Residents of unrest-hit Phoenix urged not to take law into own hands

Residents of unrest-hit Phoenix urged not to take law into own hands

The atmosphere in and around Durban is still tense after another night of arson and looting in the city. 

resized pheonix community on days of unrest
Nushera Soodyal

Newswatch was at the Phoenix police community service centre on Wednesday morning, where eThekwini mayor Mxolisi Kaunda has been meeting with residents. 

On the M41 Mount Edgecombe, towards the Phoenix offramp it's understood that looters allegedly stole a truck and crashed into a barrier. 

Debris seen on the road was still on fire. 

Police officers were working on removing it off the road to get traffic to flow again.

Along the road, two cars that were on fire were being looted and stripped. 

The community told Newswatch about how horrific these last few nights have been and a feeling of helplessness and not being able to protect their families. 

Meanwhile, eThekwini's law enforcement authority has made an appeal to residents who've placed themselves at the forefront of crime-fighting efforts in their streets and suburbs. 

Durban's metro police deputy commissioner Sibonelo Mchunu has asked people not to take the law into their own hands. 

Distressing images and videos have been doing the rounds on social media and WhatsApp showing what appears to be violent attacks against looters. 

He says this will not be tolerated. 

"We appeal to communities not to become vigilantes in this situation. Try to work with law enforcement agencies."

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