There have already been numerous service delivery protests, especially around IEC registration weekends. In the run up to August 3 municipal elections, analysts are concerned that violence may escalate.
Mary De Haas Independent Researcher and Violence Monitor warns that we are more likely to see repeat incidents of political violence in KwaZulu Natal in the run up to the elections and possibly other contested regions . She discusses what fuels political violence.
Historically KZN has been a violent province, although it has been getting better.— Mary De Haas Independent Researcher and Violence Monitor
De haas says in the past there was a great deal of inter party killings. This has changed to intra-party violence, and involves different factions.
Most of the threats are within parties, most notably the ANC.— Mary De Haas Independent Researcher and Violence Monitor
A couple of months back there was a hit list circulating, and one of the men on the list died.— Mary De Haas Independent Researcher and Violence Monitor
Terry Tselane, IEC Vice Chairperson, discusses possible election violence and what plans are being put in place for this year’s municipal elections .
He says they have identified flash point areas where there have been violent protests, in the run up to elections
We have established some kind of mechanism to be able to deal with those issues.— Terry Tselane, IEC Vice Chairperson
But he emphasises that the IEC does not have the capacity to manage all the conflicts and violence in the country.
We can only appeal to the political parties to make sure the environment in which we are going to have these elections, is such that we can have an election that is free and fair.— Terry Tselane, IEC Vice Chairperson
Tselane says they will require the police to take action where necessary.