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Tensions still high in Phoenix as schools are set to reopen

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Tensions still high in Phoenix as schools are set to reopen

Safety concerns as parents worry that the recent discord and friction in the area may spill over into the schools

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All eyes will be on the reopening of schools in Phoenix, north of Durban, on Monday where tensions are still running high after the recent violent unrest which claimed the lives of 251 people in KwaZulu-Natal.

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.

But on Sunday the province’s education MEC, Kwazi Mshengu, said “it was all systems go” for the reopening of schools in the strife-torn area, as well as for the rest of the province...

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