Excess bodies at Phoenix mortuary ‘not necessarily linked to unrest’ (part 2)

Date: 23 Jul 2021

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Meanwhile, the African Transformation Movement (ATM) has since approached the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in KwaZulu-Natal to request an inquest into the incidents in Phoenix and its surrounding areas.

ATM spokesperson Sibusiso Mncwabe on Thursday said the party had approached the SAHRC because they want to find out the exact number of deaths, as well as the exact details of what happened.

Mncwabe said they believed that the deaths were related to the racial tensions.

Unrest death toll

Overall the rioting and protests has claimed 337 lives, according to the Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, marking a further jump in the death toll from the 276 announced the previous day.

Ntshavheni said of the reported deaths in Gauteng to date, 42 cases of murder and 37 inquest dockets have been opened.

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Meanwhile, in KwaZulu-Natal, 171 cases of murder and 87 inquest dockets have been opened.

She added that some of the latest deaths were of people succumbing to injuries sustained during the riots.

Widespread looting and burning of businesses broke out earlier this month, a day after former President Jacob Zuma began serving a 15-month jail term for ignoring a corruption inquiry.

By Citizen reporter - Additional reporting by Siyanda Ndlovu

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