IFP urges parties to honour code after two murders

2016-07-26 10:34
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Pietermaritzburg - The IFP has called for political parties to honour the electoral code of conduct they signed with the Independent Electoral Commission of SA.

The party’s call came after two of its members — Siyanda Mnguni (33) and Thokozani Majola (32) — were shot and killed within hours of one another at Estcourt at the weekend.

The town had been identified as a hot spot by the election observer mission formed by the KZN Christian Council.

IFP national chairperson Blessed Gwala said all political parties should honour their election pledge not to incite violence, to respect voters and to abide by the electoral code as the local government elections draw nearer.

“If other political parties fail to honour their pledge, they will be making a mockery of our democracy. We have all got a responsibility to conduct ourselves in a responsible and lawful manner and not incite violence. We call on the IEC to ensure that there are consequences for those who don’t adhere to the electoral code of conduct. When acts of violence or intimidation take place, it is a direct challenge to the IEC and the police services as perpetrators of such violence are testing the resolve of the IEC to ensure that there are free and fair elections,” he said.

Gwala warned voting would lose its meaning if people did not respect each other’s rights to campaign, to listen to everyone and ultimately make their choice. “We call on the IEC to act on the election pledge to stamp out this scourge of killings and intimidation. Unless it sends a strong message, some people will think that political intolerance is acceptable behaviour. Unless we speak out against these senseless killings, nothing will change and innocent people will continue to die,” he said.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwanea said a 29-year-old man was arrested for Mnguni’s murder.

No arrest had been made in connection with Majola’s murder.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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