End intimidation, MEC tells parties

2011-05-03 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Willies Mchunu has appealed to all political parties in the uMgungundlovu district to join in undoing the tainted image of the province and end its history of political violence.

Mchunu was addressing a meeting attended by political parties in a Camperdown hotel yesterday in an effort to ensure a peaceful, free and fair run-up to the May 18 elections.

At the meeting were the SA Police Force provincial leadership, business leaders, amakhosi and the head of the Independent Electoral Commission in KZN, Mawethu Mosery.

Mchunu urged all political parties to stop intimidating voters and to respect their right to choose the political parties that they want.

The meeting follows the killing of Elias Linduyise Dube (54), a National Freedom Party election candidate for Mkhambathini Municipality at his home in the KwaNyavu area on April 13.

Said Mchunu, “We identified areas which were problematic and requiring our intervention. We visited all those areas, but we were forced to add Camperdown because of the killings of public representatives. This area has a long history of political violence. I am appealing to all political parties present to work in changing the image of Camperdown.”

The multi-party committee has visited other areas where intimidation has occurred, including Estcourt, Imbabazane, Ulundi, Nongoma, Mandeni and hostels in Durban

“No amount of violence or intimidation can change the mindset of the voters,” said Mosery, urging parties to stop intimidating people.





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