After Jacob Zuma was arrested on July 7, both communities posted messages on social media urging others to act against them. Violence then erupted.
Ethnic tensions against Indians are raging in South Africa’s provinces these days, between the Indian-speaking community and the black African community. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa declared on Friday that he had sent KwaZulu Natal’s police minister and head to Durban. Durban is home to many Indians. Recently, S Jaishankar from India spoke with Naledi Pandor, South African Foreign Minister, and expressed concern at the current situation.
Tension flared up in Phoenix and other surrounding areas following the posting of two communities on social media calling for action against one another over violence following the July 7th arrest by former President Jacob Zuma. Violence broke out in Durban as well as the surrounding cities. Ramaphosa Ithekwini went to several locations to assess the situation in the area following the incident of violence.
He didn’t go to Phoenix or Pietermaritzburg
[(the capital of KwaZulu Natal), which are the most heavily affected.] Durban, the largest city of KwaZulu Natal Province, is Durban. Ramaphosa asked Sihle Jikalala and Bheki Sele, the Police Minister of KwaZulu Natal, to help with the situation.
The President stated, “Police minister is going to Phoenix.” Our local leaders, pramukhs, members of city executive committees will deal with the situation. India’s External Relations Minister S. Jaishankar met Naledi Pandar, South Africa’s counterpart on Wednesday. They discussed concerns over violence and riots occurring in South Africa. Jaishankar assured Pandor that his government will do everything to ensure law and order. Chatsworth (also known as Phoenix) and Chatsworth were both built during the apartheid policies to force thousands of Indian citizens to return home. Phoenix is now home to many cities that are home to black Africans.