Uncertainty in by-elections to replace IFP rebel

2011-01-14 00:00

EXPELLED Umtshezi Mayor Maliyakhe Lymon Shelembe will not stand as an independent candidate in his former ward in next Wednesday’s local government by-election.

However, it is believed that the independent candidate Sihle Mbele, who will be standing, could be from Shelembe’s camp. The ex-Mayor denies this is the case.

Shelembe and former uMlalazi councillor BRL Ngema were expelled from the Inkatha Freedom Party — allegedly because of their support for IFP chairperson Zanele-Magwaza-Msibi who has challenged the leadership of the party.

Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) spokesperson Thabani Ngwira said the by-election on Wednesday, January 19 will be the last to be held until the local government elections which is expected to take place before June this year.

Umtshezi ward three will also be contested by Mtshengiseni Zulu of the IFP and the ANC’s Bongani Dlamini, who is a member of the ANC Youth League’s provincial executive committee

There will be by-elections in Umzumbe ward 10 and Hlabisa ward 9 as a result of the death of councillors and in uMlalazi ward 12 as a result of the expulsion of Ngema

Voting stations will be open from 7 am and will close at 9 pm.

Meanwhile the plight of Magwaza-Msibi is still not clear. According to reports the IFP has sent her a letter withdrawing her as its representative in the provincial legislature. Magwaza-Msibi confirmed receiving a letter from the party but would not comment further.

By late yesterday afternoon the Legislature had received no correspondence from the IFP giving notice of Magwaza-Msibi’ withdrawal, said Speaker Peggy Nkonyeni’s Spokesperson Wonder Hlongwa.

— Witness Reporter.


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