KZN Premier, parties take tough stance on political killings
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 18:16:15
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu is calling on political party leaders to take charge and help end political killings in the province.
Addressing political parties in Durban on Friday, Mchunu says the leaders must help change the province’s image of being notorious for political violence.
As tensions simmer in the province political leaders on Friday once again promised to adhere to the Electoral Pledge, recommitting to a free and fair election.
Political killings have become a cause for concern as nine people, mostly African National Congress (ANC) members, have been killed.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has also called for restraint. Chairperson Glen Mashinini says, “We make a humble appeal to all of you to defend and protect the Constitution and defend and protect the Electoral Commission. Do not turn it into a political football because you want to make points or score votes.”
Mchunu issued a stern warning, saying, “I will also be monitoring all of you and my intention will not be to see you get fined, you must be careful. My main intention will be to get one of the parties deregistered. If we can deregister one party then others will learn.”
Parties have promised to co-operate. The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Zwakele Mncwango says,“If there is conflict between the ANC and NFP (National Freedom Party), the DA must not say it is not involved. All of us must come together and stop the intolerance in the province.”
While the ANC’s Vincent Madlala adds, “We think that to work with all parties is interesting. We do believe that by working together we will make a difference.”
Joshua Mazibuko from Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) says, “If you are loyal to the IFP, you will ensure that you play this game by its rules. Every member of the IFP must ensure that we allow all our competitors their democratic space. ”
Thirty-two parties have fielded 10 800 candidates who will contest 870 wards in KwaZulu-Natal on August 03.