DA Wants EFF March Against the Indian Community in Phoenix Stopped

DA Wants EFF March Against the Indian Community in Phoenix Stopped

  • Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhusien has written to the South Africa Human Rights Commission to stop the EFF's march to Phoenix
  • The Economic Freedom Fighters announced that the party would be marching to Phoenix in response to the murders that took place in the suburb
  • The DA has called the march racially motivated and says it has the potential of beginning a racial war in the already traumatised community

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On Thursday, members of the Economic Freedom Fighters in eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal are scheduled to march to Phoenix where 36 people were killed.

According to The Witness, the EFF plans to protest against the Indian community which they declared as racist over the brutal murders that took place during the unrest last month.

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The EFF plans to protest to Phoenix against the Indian community in response to the brutal murders that took place during the unrest last month. Image: Phill Magakoe
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"We call for the immediate arrest of all those racist murderers and the confiscation of all illegal firearms in Phoenix," said the EFF.

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DA asks the South African Human Rights Commission to halt EFF march to Phoenix

Democratic Alliance party leader John Steenhuisen has approached the South African Human Rights Commission in an effort to have the march to Phoenix scheduled on Thursday by the EFF stopped.

The South African reports that Steenhuisen wrote to the SAHRC stating that the EFF's march is merely racial baiting. He added that the march was also a ploy to gain political points by the party.

“The EFF thrives on racial division and so it is very much in the party’s interest to fan the flames of localised incidents of racial tension where they exist,” said Steenhuisen.

Steenhuisen further stated Phoenix's communities are currently vulnerable as the riots have already claimed many lives and livelihoods of many people. He said the communities are traumatised and the last thing they need is the EFF's march.

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Steenhuisen went on to say that if the EFF's march to Phoenix is not stopped, it could result in a racial war.

“It is imperative that this is stopped before it turns into a full-blown race war," wrote Steenhuisen.

DA wants Minister Pravin Gordhan and Eskom CEO André de Ruyter to appear before Parliament

In other political news, Briefly News reported that Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan and Eskom CEO André de Ruyter are being called on by the Democratic Alliance to appear before Parliament and explain their latest statement.

The party plans to send a letter to Khaya Magaxa, the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, requesting that Gordhan and De Ruyter adequately explain Eskom's latest comments.

Eskom made an announcement that one of the Medupi Power Station's units in Lephalale has finally reached commercial operational status, according to Capricorn FM.

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However, Eskom has warned that bringing the power station up to full capacity and transmitting electricity to the national grid will take another 24 months and R13 billion.

Cachalia says while South Africans can take comfort in Medupi Power Station being online, however, Eskom's statement ignores vital issues the power utility has, according to SABC News.

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