Phoenix killings: New data suggests Indians, homes were never the target in face of race killings

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Burnt out cars in Phoenix following violence that engulfed the community on 15 July 2021.
Burnt out cars in Phoenix following violence that engulfed the community on 15 July 2021.
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The justification of racial profiling and the extrajudicial killing of black people in Phoenix at the hands of vigilante mobs - seemingly in the name of protecting the Indian community and their homes - has been called into question by new data obtained by News24.  

In Phoenix, the level of violence was unparalleled, with the 30 square kilometre suburb accounting for nearly 10% of the 337 unrest-related deaths across South Africa. Of the 36 people killed, three were Indian. The balance of those who lost their lives were black, and many township residents remain missing.   

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