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30 April 2019
MEC Motlhabane urges NW communities to cooperate during upcoming elections

Long queues and over-crowding of people with different political affiliation are anticipated at different voting stations when North West citizens will be casting their votes for the 6th time since the dawn of democracy in 1994.

Citizens will be traveling to different voting stations and volumes of traffic will be high on the road, requiring visibility of law enforcement agencies, and further requiring cooperation on all road users.

“Our call for action to all citizens of the Province is for them to go to their respective voting stations as early as possible on election day to avoid long queues and over-crowding. We also urge our people to be tolerant of others whose political affiliation may differ from theirs, urged the North West MEC for Community Safety and Transport Management, Dr Mpho Motlhabane.

Welcoming the Election Operational Plan from the Provincial South African Police Service Commissioner, the MEC has unreservedly condemn any act of violence, vandalism and criminality committed under the guise of service delivery concerns and those of who would want to boycott elections.

“In the 25th year of freedom South Africa has made remarkable progress in the transition from apartheid to democracy. This transition has been peaceful despite the country's history of violent conflict and dispossession.

Government recognizes and respects the right of every individual citizen to engage in peaceful protest and demonstration. Our Bill of Rights guarantees that “everyone has the right, peacefully and unarmed, to assemble, to demonstrate, to picket and to present petitions”.

We therefore call on our people to exercise their rights to protest in a peaceful and orderly manner. It is unacceptable when people’s rights are violated by perpetrators of violent actions, such as actions that lead to injury and death of persons, damage to property and the destruction of valuable public infrastructure,” said Motlhabane.

Following the number of protests taking place across the Province, MEC said some were breakdown in community relations with police of which, government has worked tirelessly in intervening and rebuilding the broken relationships, listing the areas of Dinokana in Lehurutshe, Ramokokastad and Molelema.

“Our government will continue working closely with communities and ensure that all concerns are attended to before they escalate. That responsibility remains. We are a caring government.”

As he welcomed the Election Operational Plan, MEC said he will monitor its implementation and called on Prov Joint stakeholders to fully play their role in ensuring free and fair elections.


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