Schools Reopen In Pheonix Despite Fears Of Racial Tension

Schools have reopened in Phoenix despite fears that racial tensions could impact learning. The MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal has also confirmed that schools have reopened successfully without any incidents of violence.


Education officials in Phoenix say that they will be going ahead with the reopening of schools. This is despite fears that racial tensions could have an impact on learning.

Phoenix Community Policing Forum's Umesh Singh says that things have returned to normal in the Phoenix area and that there are currently no threats to learners' safety, who will be making their return to school on Monday morning.  

Singh added that it is important for parents to talk to their children before going to school to reassure them that they will be safe and that the police are investigating the crimes that were committed in the area.

KZN Education MEC, Kwazi Mshengu, also said that he will be keeping a close eye on pupils returning to class in Phoenix. 

We are quite happy with the reports that we have received so far since morning. There are no incidents that have been reported and this attests to the hard work that we have been doing in the past. Basically, we have engaged different stakeholders and the communities to ensure that they protect our learners and protect our schools.

Mshengu admitted that there were fears among parents and learners that there may be continued attacks or retaliations. The department has therefore prioritized the area and maintained a heavy police presence in the area.

The MEC also urged learners to not allow past events to divide them. 

Phoenix is among the areas that were most affected during the week of unrest across the country as racial tensions between the predominantly Indian population of Phoenix and neighbouring settlements of Bhambayi, Zwelisha and Amaoti were sparked following the high number of deaths in the area as a result of residents taking up arms and blockading off areas. 


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