- KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has visited the families of those killed in recent unrest.
- A team of government officials visited Inanda and Phoenix on Tuesday.
- Zikalala says police are investigating 38 cases of murder following the violence.
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has visited the families of those killed during unrest in the province over the past week. He said local police were investigating almost 40 cases of murder.
Zikalala visited the Nzimande homestead in Inanda on Tuesday to convey condolences to the Vilakazi family, after 11-year-old Thulasizwe Vilakazi was shot and stoned in Phoenix, allegedly during the protests which gripped KwaZulu-Natal last week.
Zikalala was accompanied by Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu, Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Neliswa Nkonyeni and a delegation from the eThekwini Municipality.
He also attended a prayer service held at the Faith in Jesus Ministries church in Inanda.
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala @sziks comforts bereaved families during a prayer held at Faith in Jesus Ministries church in Inanda.Premier Zikalala was accompanied by members of the KZN Cabinet and a delegation from eThekwini Municipality #KZNRising #GrowingKZNTogether pic.twitter.com/yZkpKmWpG7— KZN Provincial Gov (@kzngov) July 20, 2021
"We are here as a team from the government. We came here to meet with families of those who were killed during the unrest. We met with the families of about 22 people who died from three wards of Inanda. There about 38 cases of murder that are being investigated by the police," Zikalala said.
Zikalala also visited the Phoenix police station to receive an update on the progress of cases and investigations into those who were shot, killed and injured during the unrest.
Phoenix Police Station officials brief KZN Premier @sziks and his delegation on the progress of cases and investigations pertaining to people who were shot, killed & injured during protests and looting of warehouses & retail shops which engulfed the province last week #KZNRising pic.twitter.com/RB5ExxiHmr— KZN Provincial Gov (@kzngov) July 20, 2021
"We can confirm that recent arrests have been made. The police are still investigating lots of cases. One arrest is good, but they must proceed and ensure comprehensive investigation and arrests that are talking to all the cases," Zikalala added.
The premier also called on members of the public not to circulate fake news messages, saying it added to frictions between community groups.
"We want to be clear: People who are circulating fake news will not be tolerated. We want to call on people to desist from circulating fake news because that is wrong and criminal. Those messages are causal factors of anxiety and fear that have led us to this situation," Zikalala said.
He added that a programme to encourage social cohesion would be rolled out.