3 by-elections for KZN this week after murders of candidates

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Durban - Three by-elections are due to be held in KwaZulu-Natal this week, following the murders of three ward councillor candidates before the local government elections.

The by-elections would be held in Ward 1 in the Umziwabantu, Ward 20 in the Alfred Duma, and Ward 6 in the Newcastle municipalities after the candidates won their wards posthumously, the provincial co-operative governance and traditional affairs department said on Sunday. 

Bongani Skhosana, the Umziwabantu municipality candidate, was killed in his car in front of his children as he was about to take them to school.

Khanyisile Sibisi, 41, was shot while on her way to donate goods at a Mandela Day event in Ladysmith.

Thembi Mbongwa, a councillor candidate in eMalahleni, Newcastle, was shot and killed in front of her husband and children.

All three murders were committed in July.

They were among a number of people murdered in the province, apparently for political reasons, before the August 3 elections.

The department's MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, said a prayer service was held at Newcastle's Siyathuthuka Sports Grounds this weekend to remember all those killed and to call for tolerance between parties.

"The tragic loss of life that we saw happen in our province brought back painful memories of the past," she said.

The provincial government established a commission of inquiry into the killings. It will be led by advocate Marumo Moerane and probe murders dating back to 2011.

Premier Willies Mchunu said in October that 12 ANC, three NFP, three IFP, and two SACP members had been murdered this year.


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