Political murders and South Africa’s next election | Letters

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Following a report highlighting political killings, it’s vitally important the international community acts to ensure next year’s election is free and fair, says Martin Plaut

South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has indicated that a national election is likely to be held in May next year (Report, 21 September). Time is short, but the circumstances are hardly propitious for holding a credible election.

Last month the Moerane commission published its long-awaited report on political killings. It received little coverage in the UK, but its findings are extremely worrying. The report opens by stating: “The apparently never-ending murder of politicians in KwaZulu-Natal is a symptom of a serious pathology in the province’s body politic.” The commission uncovered a nexus of corruption and murder across the province, with at least 120 politically related murders since 2011.

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