Election violence 'will not be tolerated'

2011-03-17 12:05

Cape Town - Cabinet warned on Thursday that violence and disruption will not be tolerated in the run-up to the May 18 local government elections.

"As the local government elections approach, there have been some sporadic protests which have been accompanied by damage to property," Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane told a media briefing following Cabinet's regular Wednesday fortnightly meeting.

"Government will adopt zero tolerance to violent and disruptive behaviour as electioneering intensifies," he said.

"Together we have worked hard to build a democratic local government that gives communities a voice and the opportunity to be active agents in the development of localities in which they live."

Registered voters are encouraged to participate in the forthcoming elections and elect representatives who will promote their community's interests.

Cabinet called on all South Africans to work together to ensure the elections are conducted in a free and fair manner, Chabane said.

  • Mike Webber - 2011-03-17 12:18

    But what about the militant, racist ANCYL members who are sponsored to disrupt and intimate by the Youth League, who are in turn sponsored by the ANC ruling party in South Africa's government ??? Sounds like window dressing ahead of planned violence to me ...

      The Observer - 2011-03-17 12:55

      ANCYL is not a political party so this does not apply to them.

      Psychotron - 2011-03-17 14:18

      @The Observer - but they still incite violence whether they are or not.

  • Lump of coal - 2011-03-17 13:04

    So the general lack of control and mayhem that prevails on a daily basis is okay but EISH !!!! NO ELECTION VIOLENCE !!!! Sorta like the ANC weeding out corruption in schools ...... just not in all schools or all provinces or ......

  • MathysTheart - 2011-03-17 13:32

    It should read: "Election violence 'will not be tolerated while ANC is in power."

  • jiamalunga - 2011-03-17 13:47

    But bussing in supporters will be...

  • Nalatari - 2011-03-17 15:19

    Really? I thought that was the case for the taxi strike as well!

  • Meanleader - 2011-03-21 17:27

    This is call made in code for the massess to comit violence during elections . Example : don't shoot and torture to death any farm attackers or any other suspicious looking folk near farms . Clever hey ?

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