After deadly Phoenix violence, residents want their vote to make a difference

Most of them have told Eyewitness News that they wanted to see change in the troubled township.

Voters making their way inside the Earlington Secondary School voting station in Phoenix to cast their votes on 1 November 2021. Picture: Nhlanhla Mabaso/Eyewitness News

PHOENIX - Phoenix residents have started arriving at the Swanvale Primary School voting station to cast their votes.

Most of them have told Eyewitness News that they wanted to see change in the troubled township.

Just this morning five people were killed in a fire at their home in the town north of Durban.

Residents said the blaze started this morning after some kind of a domestic altercation.

Police are now looking for a 57-year-old person who is related to the victims.

“When police arrived at the scene, they found that seven residents of the flat managed to escape, while five perished in the fire,” said police spokesperson Jay Naicker.

After several days of violence in Phoenix during the July unrest which claimed 36

After several days of violence in Phoenix in July, which claimed 36 lives, residents said that they would be voting for change in the community and they hoped that their mark would make a difference.

This is what resident, Vinodhan Naidoo, had to say: "The reason I am voting is I would like to see change, not only in our country but also where I live in Phoenix because as you know, a lot has been going on over the past few months in Phoenix."

Community member Colleen Reuben said that she hoped that her vote would bring about better governance.

"The reason why I'm voting is because I prefer a better government and for better progress in our community. I feel as a voter, I have a right to stand up for myself and for the community around me," Reuben said.

About 4,400 voters are expected at the Swanvale Primary School voting station on Monday.

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