Editorials 26.7.2016 05:20 am

KZN: People die while we wring ‘hidden’ hands

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (File Photo: GCIS)

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (File Photo: GCIS)

One death would have been too many, but 13 people have already been cynically gunned down.

Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa’s insistence that a “hidden hand” is behind the growing list of candidates being brutally murdered in KwaZulu-Natal would appear to be an attempt to shift the blame from the ANC’s insistence on listing the candidates on a centrally controlled basis to some sinister spectral third force.

We condemn the slaughter engendered by the ongoing war over candidate lists in the strongest terms.

One death would have been too many, but 13 people have already been cynically gunned down.

Surely protests against candidates imposed on communities, which degenerate into these mindless killings, must raise alarm within a ruling party that professes to monitor the heartbeat of the people?

There should be some clue how this ugly ulcer has grown on the side of the looming elections.

It matters little that Jessie Duarte, the schoolmarmish deputy secretary-general of the ANC, should call for an end to the infighting over candidate lists and haughtily proclaim that the “internal democratic processes” should be respected.

There are two points at issue: The voices of people at grass roots are seemingly falling on deaf ears; and a growing Orwellian feeling of “some are more equal than others” is starting to pervade.

Meanwhile, people are dying.

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