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MEC cautions KZN parties over inflammatory statements

2016-07-05 12:47
IEC voter registration office. (Elmarie Jack, News24)

Durban - Political parties in KwaZulu-Natal have been urged to refrain from making inflammatory and irresponsible statements that could spark violence ahead of the August 3 local government elections.

KwaZulu-Natal's Community Safety and Liaison MEC and chairperson of the Multi-party Political Intervention Committee, Mxolisi Kaunda, on Monday night called for calm in the province.

"Let us stop making irresponsible statements that have a potential to increase the political tensions in the province. Everywhere I go as the MEC, I preach the need for political tolerance and the message for peaceful political co-existence," said Kaunda.

He said he was satisfied that law enforcement agencies were on top of the situation and that political leaders were committed to peaceful electioneering.

However, he expressed his concerns at the recent incidents of violence, including the murder and attack of people linked to political activity in the province.

Several people have died in the province, mostly African National Congress members, in what are believed to be politically motivated killings.

At the weekend, The Witness reported that ANC ward candidate, Thembi Mbongo, 35, was shot dead in her home in front of her husband and children by two unknown men who had knocked at her door requesting to speak to her.

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