The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the Justice and Peace Commission have cautioned youths not to present themselves as violent tools in the hands of politicians.
The commission passed this message across to South African youths on Monday in a bid to show concern about the soaring height of violent protests across the country.
A member of the religious body, Bishop Abel Gabuza said, “Do not allow yourselves to be used by the politicians who show signs that their primary interest is greed for power and government tenders.”
Gabuza expressed disappointed that our political leaders have not been visible and loud enough in their condemnation of factional violence and political assassinations.
He added that violent protests carried out in most parts of the country show that SA politicians have also not been vigorous enough in disciplining their candidates and members who are involved in disrupting campaign rallies of other parties and in creating no-go zones.
There have been several violent protests across the country ahead of the August 3 municipal election. Last week, the emergence of Thoko Didiza as ANC Tshwane mayoral candidate prompted fights and brutality in several parts of the metro.
The violence saw no fewer than 5 persons killed, buses burned, shops looted and several others injured.
Responding to the ugly development, the DA said ANC’s failure to curb the menace shows its failure to exercise its leadership in the interest of residents.
Also, in a bid to disassociate itself from the violence, the South African Communist Party (SACP) had 5 of its District executive members suspended for taking part in the fiery fights.
Meanwhile, relative peace and calm has returned to all areas of the City of Tshwane. This was stated on Monday by Government Communication and Information System’s (GCIS).
The organization’s Siphiwe Dlamini‚ said the roles played by national‚ provincial and Local political leadership and law enforcement agencies were critical in restoring peace in metropolitan municipality.