Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema, says his party is not anti-Indian.
Malema was speaking in Phoenix, Durban, on Saturday when he visited the voting stations in the area.
Racial tensions in Phoenix are alleged to have led to the murder of 36 people during July’s civil unrest.
“We have come to affirm to our candidate that Phoenix is not a no-go area for anyone. It’s a home for everybody and that the EFF is not an anti-Indian organisation, it’s a non-racial organisation. [The EFF] exists everywhere and it has no problems with Indians.
“There were a few elements who engaged in criminal activity and law enforcement must isolate and deal with them decisively,” said Malema.
Phoenix was the first stop of Malema’s two-day campaign trail in Durban where he plans on visiting eight wards in the city.
Clifford James is the EFF councillor candidate for eThekwini Municipality’s Ward 49, in Phoenix.
The EFF won six public representative seats in eThekwini in the previous municipal elections.
Malema said he expects the party to do better in the 2021 municipal elections which are scheduled for November 1.
“People are tired. People want services... electricity, roads, employment and these jobs must not be given to relatives or members of certain political parties,” he said.
Meanwhile, Thabani Ngwira, Electoral Commission (IEC) KwaZulu-Natal provincial spokesperson, said Saturday’s voting registration went by smoothly with no serious incidents.
In Msunduzi, there were reports of community protests.
“We did receive a report on that but that did not affect the registration process,” he said.
Ngwira said statistics for the number of eligible voters that registered were still being collated by 7 pm on Saturday.