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.

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