Sipho Mabena
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26 Jul 2021
4:58 am

‘Rights commission has no moral authority to probe Phoenix racism,’ says NGO

Sipho Mabena

They say it's “bizarre” that Majola wants to probe racism claims, after he previously said there was no evidence of Indian on black racism.

Residents in Phoenix guarding their suburb throughout the night, 22 July 2021, KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Non-governmental organisation Injeje yabeNguni Council has charged that the SA Human Rights Commission (Sahrc) lacks moral authority to probe the Phoenix racism claims, accusing Chairperson Bongani Majola of bias and hypocrisy. Following the widespread violence, looting and destruction KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, the commission hosted a dialogue and is probing racial tensions between black and Indian communities and related deaths in Phoenix. But the council said it was taken aback when Majola said the SAHRC sought to start a conversation to determine the root causes of the “racially charged killings” in the province, particularly in Phoenix. The council said it...