Umvoti: no incidents reported in by-election

2009-08-13 00:00

A HIGH voter turnout with no reported incidents of violence marked yesterday’s by-election in politically-charged Umvoti (Greytown).

A large contingent of police remained on alert throughout last night for any outbreaks of violence after the election results were announced.

The vacancy in ward 9 arose after the murder in May of IFP councillor Ntuthuko Ngcobo.

The councillor was shot after he stopped to offer a lift to some workers.

Since his death an ANC councillor, Tony Malunga, was shot dead and another IFP councillor, Enoch Shange, was shot but survived.

There was a strong police presence throughout the area yesterday and residents were amused that the polling stations had more police present than voters. Also on the scene were newly appointed Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu and Provincial Police Commissioner Hamilton Ngidi.

Mchunu thanked the police for their presence and asked them to remain on alert during the night.

Ward 9, traditionally an IFP area, saw the ANC win a large number of votes during the April general election.

For the first time the ANC recorded a win of 1 665 votes while the IFP got 1 350 votes.

KZN Independent Electoral Commissioner Mawethu Mosery said that well over 50% of voters had turned out for the by-election and he is pleased there were no incidents.

Five by-elections took place in KZN yesterday, in Ladysmith, Indaka (Waaihoek), Okhahlamba, Nqutu and Umvoti.






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