Prevent violence at polls

The government must be pro- active to avoid election violence

The government must be pro- active to avoid election violence

I am appalled and disgusted by an ANC member who allegedly assaulted and robbed a woman for wearing a Cope T-shirt.

It is very irresponsible and barbaric of the man to force everyone to support the ANC. He is violating other people's rights and if Cope supporters retaliate, this could spark bloody riots, like the ones in Kenya after Raila Odinga and his supporters accused President Mwai Kibaki of rigging the elections.

I plead with the government to act immediately. Already, there have been clashes in KwaZulu-Natal between IFP and ANC supporters.

The government should not ignore the negative remarks of officials because they could incite violence.

What's wrong with Julius Malema? He was at it again, saying that the ANC will campaign in the IFP's backyard and will also recruit Mangosuthu Buthelezi's children.

It boggles the mind how the ANC can ignore the bad behaviour of Malema, who is always inciting violence.

I predict serious violence during the coming general elections. If the government and all the other political parties do not act immediately, I am afraid this country will be turned upside down by crime and violence.

Nangammbi Thalukanyo, Pretoria West