Thirty-three political parties have signed the Electoral Code of Conduct to ensure a free and fair election on May 7. The Code of Conduct commits them to tolerance during election campaigns and prohibits them from inciting their members or the public.

There have been several incidents of political intolerance in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Last week live ammunition was fired, allegedly by an African National Congress member in Bekkersdal west of Johannesburg, when protestors tried to disrupt the party’s door to door campaign in the volatile township.

In KwaZulu-Natal, local political party leaders were killed in KwaMashu hostel.

Meanwhile, Independent Electoral Commission chairperson, Pansy Tlakula, says the national treasury report into the procurement process for the commission’s head office does not accuse her of corruption.

The report, which was released on Tuesday, indicated that the procurement process was not fair, transparent and cost-effective.

It also found that Tlakula did not give guidance or formally inform various people what was expected of them in the process. She says since she has not been involved or found guilty of any criminal or corrupt activity, any reporting to that effect is possibly meant to impugn her integrity.– Additional Reporting by Sapa

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