An anonymous letter threatening people not to vote in the Nkandla area caused a stir amid otherwise peaceful polls in President Jacob Zuma’s hometown.
The hand-written letter in Zulu‚ which was sent to Tiso Black Star Group Digital‚ reads in part: “We will be watching you‚ whoever dares to vote‚ does that at their own peril. There are a few that we are marking and we will do an example with them‚ so be warned. If you vote‚ tell your family to make funeral arrangements. Even if they bus you around‚ the election will pass and they won’t be guarding you. Do not put yourself into trouble.”
It is unclear if the letter‚ which was circulating on social media during Wednesday’s voting‚ was aimed at voters in general‚ or at supporters of one political party.
The African National Congress in KwaZulu-Natal said on Wednesday it had asked police to investigate the source of the letter.
“It is the view of the ANC that the letter is part of the carefully crafted plan to use intimidation and violence as a way of frustrating the will of the people in Nkandla. We know this is an act of desperation‚” said ANC provincial spokesman Mdu Nkosi.
Many northern KwaZulu-Natal municipalities‚ including the Inkatha Freedom Party-led Nkandla‚ hang in the balance after the National Freedom Party was disqualified from Wednesday’s vote for missing a payment deadline. These municipalities are expected to be closely contested by‚ predominantly‚ the IFP and ANC.