- KwaZulu-Natal government officials led a peace walk from Phoenix to Bhambayi Stadium.
- The peace walk was in honour of the 300 people who died during civil unrest in July.
- A "One Nation" logo was unveiled as a symbol of peace and unity among communities in the province.
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala and other provincial officials led a peace walk in Phoenix on Tuesday to remember the people who lost their lives during the civil unrest in the province in July and to reach out to people across historically imposed barriers of race and ethnicity.
"During the tragic events of July where 300 people lost their lives in the looting and violence across KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, much attention was focused on Phoenix," Zikalala said.
"That criminal intent had a racial bent and we must say with one voice - African and Indian, young and old, Christian, Muslim and Hindu - that we condemn that without any reservation."
During the walk from Phoenix Sports Complex to Bhambayi Stadium, Zikalala was joined by members of his provincial leadership, including Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation MEC Hlengiwe Mavimbela; Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza; Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Neliswa Peggy Nkonyeni; Economic Development, Tourism and Environment and Affairs MEC Ravi Pillay; and Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu.
The provincial government has adopted a 365-day social cohesion and moral regeneration programme as part of efforts to build a united and peaceful province.
The premier added that only through sustained peace, not through repression, violence, or the barrel of the gun, could the province manifest the promise of a free, united, non-racial, non-sexist, equal and prosperous society.
He also thanked those who rallied to protect their neighbours, adding that they stood firmly against violence, killing, looting, racial profiling or any other negative attitude that risks dividing people.
Zikalala unveiled the KwaZulu-Natal "One Nation" logo at the Rydalvale Sport Ground in Phoenix as a symbol of peace and unity among communities in the province.
The logo is part of a provincial government initiative to create unity and social cohesion after the civil unrest which resulted in racial tension in some parts of the province.
It was designed by Tshiamo Molehabangwe, a student from the Durban University of Technology. The designer used broken tiles as a metaphor to highlight the beauty behind how different pieces can come together and form something beautiful despite being broken. The different tiles represent diversity in South Africa and how we can rebuild together despite our differences.
Lastly, as a symbol of peace and unity, 36 doves were released to remember the death of those lost their lives during the unrest. Each of the doves carried a name of a victim.Never miss a story. Choose from our range of newsletters to get the news you want delivered straight to your inbox.