KZN celebs and business people have taken it upon themselves to bury the victims of the violence in Phoenix.

The initiative was started by PR guru and image consultant, Lindo “Dogg DBN” Buthelezi and other celebs including music boss Mdu Ngcobo, celebrity chef Nto, former Umsunduzi mayor Themba Njilo, and Ceasar “Maqhoboza” Mkhize.

Dogg Durban told Daily Sun nobody was talking about the burial of people who were killed in the Phoenix unrest

“Everyone, including government officials are focusing on the looting and destroyed buildings. I believe we also need to think about families who lost their loved ones,” he said.

“According to my information, most families will not be able to bury their loved ones. That’s why I started this initiative. I have approached my colleagues in the entertainment industry and businesspeople to donate towards the burial of these victims and most of them have responded positively. I’m confident the first funeral will be on Friday.”

He’s also appealing to his other colleagues to donate.

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Mdu said: “We can’t just wait for government.

“As KZN artists and citizens, we’ve got to do something so I decided to bury at least one of the victims. I’m finalising the funeral arrangements with the family and the funeral parlour.”

Themba said: “I’ve decided to bury two of the victims. I personally know one of them, Delani Khumalo. He was an artist and he used to train my students. His death came as a shock to me, especially as he was preparing to go overseas. The funeral will take place on Friday in KwaMashu.”

Funeral parlour owner Maqhoboza confirmed that his contribution was to move the bodies from the government mortuary to his funeral parlour.

“I’ll also move the deceased to their respective homes outside of Durban at a reasonable fee,” said Maqhoboza.

He said the process will take up to six months because there are more than twenty victims.

“There are bodies that have not been identified. All of this will delay the process,” he said.