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SA unrest: 20 more suspects arrested over Phoenix murders

Police Minister Bheki Cele during a visit to communities in Bhambayi, to address racial tensions after the looting in Durban and KZN in July. Picture: Shelley Kjonstad/African News Agency(ANA)

Police Minister Bheki Cele during a visit to communities in Bhambayi, to address racial tensions after the looting in Durban and KZN in July. Picture: Shelley Kjonstad/African News Agency(ANA)

Published Sep 2, 2021

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DURBAN - POLICE Minister Bheki Cele has confirmed that 20 more people have been arrested following the violence in Phoenix two months ago.

Speaking during a visit to Umlazi on Thursday, Cele said a total of 56 people had now been arrested for allegedly being involved in murders that took place in Phoenix.

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“Investigations are continuing and police have increased the arrests there. They are appearing in court. It looks like some were committing heinous crimes, with one person allegedly being linked to six murders.

“We are updating the information as people are appearing in court," Cele said.

Last month, Cele updated the National Council of Provinces on the latest developments in investigations in Phoenix. It was reported that 359 people died in what he described as "catastrophic scenes of violence and unrest" in KZN and Gauteng.

He said a special investigation team, comprising detectives from the national and provincial office, was deployed to look into the death of 36 people killed in Phoenix.

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"These arrests have been widely welcomed by the communities of Zwelisha, Bhambhayi and uMaoti where most of the victims reside. This team is also investigating the role of police in the violence and looking closely into the role also played by seven private security companies operating in the area," he said.

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