Media release

Government on incidents of political violence

24 April 2006

24 April 2006

Government has noted with disappointment the incident at Crossroads in Cape Town where a community meeting attended by Mayor Helen Zille was disrupted and violence used against the Mayor.

Government condemns this kind of behaviour without qualification. Our Constitution guarantees free political activity for all parties and individuals. Irrespective of differences that citizens may have on any issue, and whatever the circumstances surrounding the organisation of any lawful gathering, all of us are required to express our views in a civil manner.

It is also critical that offices of leadership provided for in our Constitution, and individuals occupying these offices, are accorded the respect that they deserve.

In the same vein, government wishes to condemn in the strongest terms attacks directed against municipal councillors in Khutsong, in the Northwest Province.

In both instances, we expect security agencies to follow these matters up and ensure that the law takes its course.

Joel Netshitenzhe
Cell: 082 900 0083

Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS)


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