Political violence more prevalent in KZN

2013-10-27 22:30
Senzo Mchunu (File, Sapa)

Senzo Mchunu (File, Sapa)

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Jphannesburg- Political violence was more prevalent in KwaZulu-Natal than in any other parts of the country, Premier Senzo Mchunu said on Sunday.

"Other than Umbumbulu, there are notable flashpoints once ravaged by political violence such as Shobashobane on the South Coast, Richmond in the Midlands, Zakheni in Ladysmith and Nongoma in the north of the province," he said at the Umbumbulu Peace and Reconciliation Initiative.

"Through the foresight of our leaders, first amongst [them] was Nelson Mandela, a time came when the spiral of violence and self-destruction had to be stopped."

According to Mchunu's office more than 5 000 people from surrounding areas attended the initiative.

Mchunu said the province could not afford the eruption of political violence in the build-up to next years elections.

"Let us show that we can govern ourselves and solve our differences amicably without resorting to political violence.

"The campaigning period characterised by violence and intimidation will set a bad example and will be a source of embarrassment which will last for many years," he said.

Mchunu called on all political parties to ensure peace and stability leading up to the elections.

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