It was reported on 8 August that 31 people had been arrested in connection with unrest in Phoenix.
A number of social media users have claimed that a man in an orange jacket shown holding a gun in photos shared online was involved in several killings in the town, with some social media users claiming to have identified him.
Social media users and bloggers on the platform Opera News repeatedly identified the man as “Glen Naidoo”, the owner of a private security firm. Some also suggested that Naidoo had been killed in a shooting.
Is this photo of a man named Glen Naidoo, and what was his involvement in the violence in Phoenix?
Not Naidoo in photos
Africa Check contacted Naidoo, the chief executive of KZN VIP Protection Services. He told us he is not the man in the photographs, and we can confirm he neither looks nor sounds like the man in the video.
Naidoo said he had not been involved in any violent incidents which took place in Phoenix or surrounding areas.
Video not shot in Phoenix
Naidoo said he didn’t think the video was taken in Phoenix, though he didn’t recognise the area where it was filmed.
It sounds as though the man in the viral video says “we’ve got Lotus Road under lockdown”. Africa Check was not able to locate the area where the video was filmed, but there is no Lotus Road in Phoenix. But there are several roads with this name in nearby areas.
Police commented on the rumours on 24 July and confirmed “that there has neither been a shooting incident of this nature, nor has there been a shooting that occurred recently in the vicinity quoted by the said social media posts”.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Col Brenda Muridili told Africa Check that “the person in the pictures has not been charged or connected to any incident in Phoenix”.
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