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Durban - Recent political killings have caused concern among provincial cabinet members, and the KwaZulu-Natal government has called on all parties to exercise tolerance before the general elections next year.
This was in a statement released by the cabinet’s head of communication, Cyril Madlala. He said cabinet members were concerned that the political violence might result in the return of political no-go zones in KZN.
“We encourage each and every one of us to work more towards a peaceful resolution of any differences.”
The statement came after the murder of ANC councillor Makhosonke Msibi in Ulundi at the weekend.
Violence monitor Mary de Haas said she was concerned that there could be more killings in the province as the elections drew closer.
“I can’t predict that there will be a huge increase, but I also won’t contest that there will be violent incidents that will affect people.”
De Haas said although she believed there could be more political violence, it would not necessarily be the same as the province underwent in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Premier Zweli Mkhize said because of the province’s violent past, there were communities that were heavily armed.