Despite several attempts by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) panel to convince the first witness for the day, Sham Maharaj, to see that the violent events in Phoenix during the July unrest where 36 people died was in fact a massacre, it was to no avail.
Maharaj, who on numerous occasions stated that he was an activist since the 1970s, said the incidents that unfolded in July were “killings and not a massacre. But if you want to call it that, then okay”.
The commission said Maharaj showed a lack of concern for the victims who died during the unrest.
He maintained that the media played a negative role in the unrest, by pushing false narratives about the area and using images that had nothing to do with what was going on in Phoenix. He also said politicians used the unrest to push their own agendas.
Watch: Sham Maharaj from the Phoenix Ubuntu Forum swears an oath before giving his testimony at the SAHRC hearing on the July unrest. Maharaj will be reading a written statement that he has prepared. @IOL #JulyUnrest pic.twitter.com/eJulOhSOUp
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