[POLL] IEC says SA should be worried about violence before #Elections2016. Your thoughts http://bit.ly/29bCwWs— Eyewitness News (@ewnupdates)
- 83.16 people said the polls would be free & fair
- 69.3 said the violence won't impact polls
- 76.23 of you believe the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will do a good job
- 464.31 feel the violence will sway the vote.
The responses to the poll on Twitter varied from those anticipating more violence, to others blaming certain parties:
@Unathi_Kwaza @MiaMthombeni @MYANC the criminal cartel won't give up the golden cow of endless riches easily,violence will escalate.— Jeremy Forbes (@F62Forbes)
@ewnupdates PV: Depends what type of violence they are referring to. If it's about dissatisfaction about election's credibility, then good.— bheka mathe (@bhizori_08397)
@ewnupdates @ewnreporter #Elections2016 more worrying about the protests/riots is the inability of #SAPS to deal with the violence!— Lloyd Frazenburg (@FrazenburgLloyd)
@ewnupdates @ewnreporter but we all know who are behind this unrest, so why are they worried instead of disqualifying ANC— Gatvol Minister ®™© (@GavaneCage)
It pleaded with political parties to keep their members disciplined and stop outbreaks of further violent protests.
Five people were killed and many more were arrested.
ANC activist Thabo Moroa was shot and killed at his home in Maboloka outside Brits in the North West on 18 June.
Two weeks ago, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and ANC members clashed over allegations by the red berets that the ruling party is behind the killings of two of its members at the Sethokga hostel in Tembisa.
It's understood the two members of the EFF were killed earlier this year during election campaigns.
To follow EWN's interactive map on political attacks leading up to the local elections, click here.