South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also deputy president of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, has called for non-violence during the up local government elections due on Aug 3.
Speaking during the ANC’s election campaign trail in Virginia in Free State Province Thursday, Ramaphosa said political parties are supposed to be campaigning in a way where they tolerate one another, where there should not be violence.
“Of course there is competition amongst political parties at this point in time, but that competition must be done responsibly, must be done without violence, and we must subscribe to the values that are enshrined in our Constitution, that of total freedom of association and freedom of speech, freedom of movement,” he added.
The campaigning period has been overshadowed by violence and destruction of public property in Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, of which national administrative capital Pretoria is at the centre, and some other areas.
On Wednesday, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) voiced concern over the eruption of violent protests ahead of the upcoming polls.
Source: Nam News Network