Dec 9, 2021

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LISTEN | No-one helped us, everything was properly organised — Phoenix unrest victim tells SAHRC

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) hearing in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal entered its third day on Wednesday.

The first witness before the panel was Mkhize, a refugee who said he was a victim of the July riots. He told the commission that he had been shot and had been in a coma for several days.

He showed pictures of his wounds to the commission and the media.

He also expressed his dissatisfaction with another witness out, Sham Maharaj, who appeared on Tuesday and said Maharaj had appeared on his “personal agenda”.

“There was no humanity [in Phoenix] for him [Maharaj] to come here and act than whether it was someone who helped us while we were being killed. Every Indian who was on this street was violent, attacked and killed.

“This thing was properly organized because they even used Phoenix security companies and notified each other how many people they killed . ” Mkhize alleged.

Listen to Mkhize:

He urged the media to use images captured when reporting on the events in Phoenix Do not mislead the public.

He ended his testimony with the words: “Hopefully we will get justice and confidence in the police and the courts.”

The second witness is on the witness stand on Wednesday Mzwandile Magwaza.

“Every black person who was in Phoenix that day was in need,” he said at the hearing.

So far, victims and representatives of the community Forum appeared before the panel to testify about the July events. The SAHRC Panel expects to hear from three witnesses on Wednesday. State representatives, analysts and journalists will also appear in the coming weeks.

The committee should investigate, present results, report and make recommendations on:

  • the causes of the unrest; < / li>
  • the alleged racially motivated attacks and killings;
  • obvious negligence in prosecution by state security agencies, particularly the police, and the role of private security companies; and
  • the social, economic, spatial and political factors that prevail in and to what extent they played a role in the affected areas.

The hearings will last until December 3 , 2021.