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Cele says 56 people have now been arrested for racially motivated Phoenix murders

Police Minister Bheki Cele has revealed that the number of people who have been arrested for their alleged role in the racially motivated Phoenix murders during the civil unrest in July has gone up to 56.

The police minister was on Thursday visiting uMlazi township in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, following the gruesome murder of 11 people in two separate incidents this week.

Cele was briefed by the South African Police Service (SAPS) KwaZulu-Natal management ahead of his visit to the two crime scenes in the township.

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Though no arrests have been made, the SAPS are following up on leads, Cele said.

The minister said some of the people killed during the incidents in the township had been involved in criminal activities, and that they included a convicted criminal who was hosting a party to celebrate his suspended sentence.

Cele said the team of detectives investigating the racially motivated Phoenix murders is also probing the murders at uMlazi.

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