Call for peaceful election

2013-10-07 00:00

WITH political violence already prevalent in parts of the province, KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairman Senzo Mchunu believes peace and stability should be the cornerstones of his party’s 2014 general elections campaign.

“Peace, political tolerance and delivery of services will be part and parcel of efforts to deepen democracy in our province,” Mchunu told thousands at a rally to launch the party’s election campaign in KZN yesterday.

He said the ANC was concerned about stability in the province as a number of people had been killed before elections in the past.

“There must be political tolerance. There must be no single person who dies,” Mchunu said.

His statements were made four days after ANC elections co-ordinator Mmeli Mvelase was killed in Estcourt, and amid the petrol-bombing of ANC members’ houses in Richmond.

“There is no need to engage in violent activities and we condemn it, whether it comes from a comrade or un-comrade (sic). This will take us nowhere,” he said.

The party is hoping to win 70% of votes in KZN and 90% in the eThekwini region next year.

Mchunu attacked the DA and its leader Hellen Zille, who visited the province on Saturday, saying KZN people should not allow themselves to be taken for granted by white people they did not know for votes.

On Saturday, DA leaders accused Mchu­nu of being divisive and inciting violence against their party.

However, the defiant Mchunu yesterday said he had no regrets about his statements in connection with the DA, saying Zille had called Eastern Cape people in the Western Cape “refugees”.

“We have no regrets whatsoever and we don’t want to mince our words. They [KZN residents] must not vote for people they don’t know.”

He said his party denied any intolerance claim levelled against it.

“If the ANC, including the chairman of the ANC, were intolerant, you would see it and you would not make statements.

“She [Zille] is provoking us if she says so because there is no evidence for that,” he said.

Cosatu provincial boss Zet Luzipo pledged the labour federation’s support to the ruling party.

SACP provincial secretary Themba Mthembu said the party would unconditionally support the ANC without being misled by “fong kong revolutionaries”.

“We can’t bargain in supporting the ANC. We know the history of the alliance. We never did it with bargaining,” Mthembu said in reference to suspended Cosatu boss Zwelinzima Vavi, who was quoted in a weekend newspaper saying the ANC should not get a blank cheque for electoral support.


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