Ndwedwe - KwaZulu-Natal police have denied
reports that IFP local election candidate Msawenkosi Mahlobo died after an
"He is alive and recovering from his
injuries in hospital," the police said in a statement on Thursday.
Mahlobo, 53, was found lying on the roadside
at Ndwedwe after an assault that left him with serious face injuries.
"Following media reports that he had
passed away, police officers from Ndwedwe visited him at hospital yesterday
[Wednesday] and confirmed that he is indeed alive," the police said.
IFP national organiser Albert Mncwango
announced in a statement on Wednesday that Mahlobo had died.
"Godfrey Mahlobo is the first casualty
of the 2011 local government elections. We offer our condolences to Mahlobo's
family and IFP supporters at Ndwedwe," Mncwango said.
Mahlobo was contesting Ward 17 of Ndwedwe