KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala unveiled a new unity logo at a peace walk in Phoenix on Tuesday.

KZN premier unveils new social cohesion logo at Phoenix peace walk

KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala unveiled a new unity logo at a peace walk to foster social cohesion after the unrest in Phoenix on Tuesday.


KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala unveiled a new unity logo at a peace walk in Phoenix on Tuesday.

KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Premier Sihle Zikalala said peace should remain the foundation, virtue, and ideal of society in order to speed up social transformation and bring justice to all.

Zikalala made the remarks during an official “peace walk” that was held in  Phoenix in KZN on Tuesday in honour of the people who died during the civil unrest in mid-July.

Zikalala was joined on walk from Phoenix Sports Complex to Bhambayi Stadium, by Members of the Executive Council including MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation Hlengiwe Mavimbela, MEC for Social Development Nonhlanhla Khoza, MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Neliswa Peggy Nkonyeni, MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environment and Affairs Ravi Pillay and MEC for Education Kwazi Mshengu.

The KZN peace walk was  also joined by the Deputy Chairperson of the Moral Regeneration and Social Cohesion Council, Bishop Ruben Phillip, and KZN civil society activists who form  part of the government’s efforts to enhance unity and social cohesion in the province. The KZN government has adopted a 365-day social cohesion and moral regeneration programme as part of building a united and a peaceful province.

Speaking during the KZN event at Bhambayi Stadium Zikalala said: “Only through sustained peace, not through repression, violence, or the barrel of the gun can we manifest the promise of a free, united, non-racial, non-sexist, equal and prosperous society. During the tragic events of July where 300 people lost their lives in the looting and violence across KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, much attention was focused on Phoenix.”

“Criminal elements also exploited the situation to kill and maim. That criminal intent had a racial bent and we must say with one voice – African and Indian, young and old, Christian, Muslim and Hindu – that we condemn that without any reservation. Those persons charged with the killings must be dealt with appropriately and sternly in our criminal justice system,” Zikalala said.

“The clear message is that the peace-loving people in these communities stand firmly against violence, killing, looting, racial profiling or any other negative attitude that risks dividing people. We applaud you for the peace structures that have been set up organically from among the people. We applaud the activists, religious leaders, traditional leaders and ordinary men and women who immediately rallied to calm the tensions and have sanity prevail. We applaud those who rallied to protect their neighbours and to make our streets safe,” he said.

Zikalala also officially unveiled the KwaZulu-Natal “One Nation” logo at the Rydalvale Sport Ground in Phoenix as a symbol of peace and unity among communities in the province.

The logo is part of the KZN government’s initiative to foster unity and social cohesion after the civil unrest which resulted in racial tensions.

As a symbol of peace and unity, 36 doves were released to remember the people who died in Phoenix in KZN during the unrest. Each of dove carried the name a victim.