Cursing not way to go

The worrying signs of a violent run-up to next month's general elections must be a serious concern to all.

The worrying signs of a violent run-up to next month's general elections must be a serious concern to all.

With the increasing verbal attacks between the contesting parties has followed growing threats of violence, which have charged the pre-election climate with unnecessary tensions in some parts of the country.

These signs are ominous and bode ill for a country that still carries psychological scars from unprecedented bloodletting that claimed thousands of lives leading to its first democratic elections 15 years ago.

The contesting parties should know better by now that hate speech and no-go areas create conditions that negate the spirit of the Independent Electoral Commission protocols.

Thus, we are shocked by unsavoury developments at yesterday's ceremony in Durban, where some of the representatives of the ANC, IFP and Cope engaged in mud-slinging.

Instead of deferring to the electoral code of conduct they had just signed, some of the representatives launched into a tirade of verbal attacks which marred the spirit and symbolism of the pre-election accord.

Lost to these politicians was the importance of maintaining the precarious peace that still obtains in the troubled province.

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