Councillor accused of bad service delivery dies

2016-06-02 10:05
Copesville residents walk past a barricade on Copesville Drive after protests flared up again.

Copesville residents walk past a barricade on Copesville Drive after protests flared up again. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Thandi Ndlovu, a Copesville councillor whose nomination for local government elections was greeted by protests in April, died on Wednesday.

Since the April protest, Ndlovu had not been seen at public gatherings, which led to many Copesville residents believing that she was no longer living in the area.

However, The Witness understands that Ndlovu had been sick, sometimes missing council meetings.

Msunduzi spokesperson Nqobile Madonda confirmed Ndlovu’s death.

“We can confirm that councillor Thandi Ndlovu from ward 29 died at her home. She had been in and out of hospital.

“We are deeply saddened and shocked by her untimely passing which leaves a void in local government, ­especially with local government elections coming up on the 3rd [August].

“She was a valuable member of council, a resourceful and active ­member of council in various committees that she participated in.

“Her experience and her contribution will be missed,” she said.

A protest broke out in Copesville in April with protesters demanding that Ndlovu be removed from the ANC’s candidate list for the local government elections.

The protesters claimed the area had been “left in the lurch” and no service delivery has taken place in the area since Ndlovu became councillor in the last ­local government election.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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