‘Don’t cause election violence!’ – IFP 

By Celani Sikhakhane

IFP president Velenkosini Hlabisa has called on political leaders not included on the ballot paper to let voters make their choices instead of issuing threats to unleash civil war.

Hlabisa was addressing the Lutheran Church on Sunday in kwaHlabisa, after the Independent Electoral Commission disqualified former president Jacob Zuma from being part of the ballot.

Hlabisa said no one should be killed on election day, 29 May.

“I hear some people are making violent threats [about] election day. No one should be killed on that day. Also, I call on political leaders who won’t be on the ballot to abide by the rules and allow voters to make their choice without any threats,” he said.

Hlabisa said the congregations of various churches should come together and pray for peaceful elections – and said people have the right to vote for the political party of their choice to lead the country for the next five years.

The leader of the uMkhonto Wesizwe party’s interim youth wing has said all hell will break loose on election day if former president Jacob Zuma is not on the IEC ballot paper.

MK youth leader Bonginkosi Khanyile said the youth wing would destroy all 23,000 voting stations in the country if Zuma is not on the ballot.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned that law enforcement agencies will deal harshly with anyone who commits violent crimes on election day.

MK has accused the CEO of the Western Cape Gambling Board, Dr Maroba Matsapola, of complaining to the IEC about Zuma’s candidature and his photo is being circulated on MK’s WhatsApp groups as their enemy number one.

Nine politicians were disqualified by the IEC from being elected to parliament or provincial legislatures after it received objections.

Pictured above: IFP president Velenkosini Hlabisa is calling on politicians who won’t be on the ballot paper to refrain from threats of civil war. 

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