KZN will shrug off violent past and hold free, fair elections - MEC

2016-07-08 19:03
ANC provincial treasurer Nomusa Dube-Ncube, chairperson Sihle Zikala and secretary Super Zuma sit in front of the party’s mayoral candidates who were introduced.  ~ Supplied

Durban - KwaZulu-Natal will show that it has truly left the turbulent period of political violence in the past by holding a free and fair election this year, Transport and Community Liaison MEC Mxolisi Kaunda said on Friday.

"The sad chapter of the late 80s and 90s that saw KZN steeped in violence is a thing of the past. We showed this in the 2011 elections. We are working toward social cohesion."

Kaunda was speaking at a multi-party committee meeting where political parties pledged not to engage in political violence bin the build-up to the August 3 local government elections.

"The current government has worked flat out for peace. We have almost wiped out political violence in our province," he said.

Kaunda added that the multiparty committee "is doing good work for the province".

"I want to thank this committee for its good work. The establishment of this structure helped to stabilise political violence. The 2011 local elections went successfully under this committee."

According to Kaunda, all political parties committed themselves "to the spirit of free and fair elections" in the province.

"We have discharged mature leadership and, politically speaking, KZN has come of age and abandoned the dark history of political violence."

The meeting also revealed that KwaZulu-Natal would have 870 wards, contested by 32 political parties.

There would be 10 800 councillor candidates participating for a total of 1 864 seats in all municipalities.

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