Cape Town - The current violence in parts of Tshwane cannot be good for South Africa's image, especially in these crucial six months before the ratings agencies announce their next review of the country, Dr Ernest Messina, CEO of business chamber AHi, told Fin24 on Tuesday.
"The current violence cannot be good for the business community or the general morale of individuals and the community at large," he said. "What the result of the violence will be, is a million dollar question. We must remember how the outside world will view SA because of the violence."
He said there are of course different sides to every issue, but from the business perspective - irrespective of what the issues are, and what the respective political parties decide in terms of their candidates - any form of violence cannot be condoned as it is detrimental to society and not only for business.