Cape Town - Young people should not let politicians use them in the build-up to the elections, the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference and the Justice and Peace Commission said on Monday.
The commission was concerned about the rising levels of violence and political intolerance ahead of the August 3 local government elections, Bishop Abel Gabuza said.
“Do not allow yourselves to be used by the politicians who show signs that their primary interest is greed for power and government tenders,” he said.
ANC supporters in several parts of Tshwane began protesting, looting, and destroying property last Sunday, after the party announced Thoko Didiza as its mayoral candidate for the metro.
Gabuza condemned political party leaders who mobilised young people to take part in violence.
"We are disappointed that our political leaders have not been visible and loud enough in their condemnation of factional violence and political assassinations. They have also not been vigorous enough in disciplining their candidates and members who are involved in disrupting campaign rallies of other parties and in creating no-go zones," he said.
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