DA leader confident the party can retain ward 33

2017-08-03 14:03
Nosipho Khumalo from Jika Joe informal settlement cast her vote at Shri Vishnu Primary School on Wednesday. Six political parties contested the by-election.

Nosipho Khumalo from Jika Joe informal settlement cast her vote at Shri Vishnu Primary School on Wednesday. Six political parties contested the by-election. (Sabelo Nsele)

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DA provincial leader Zwakele Mncwango raised concerns over the resignation of two DA councillors in Msunduzi since last year’s local government elections.

This as the DA, ACDP, ANC, Al Jama-AH, EFF and IFP contested by-elections in ward 33 on Wednesday.

A few months after the swearing in of councillors last year, the then DA councillor Clive Lotz announced his resignation.

It was followed by that of Uraisha Haswell, who resigned this year.

He said he was concerned that voters had to vote again. He also said the circumstances were not the same in the two resignations.

“In the first instance [Lotz] had been offered a job by the ANC and he resigned from the DA. Haswell [was promoted] at work and she put the interest of the voters first and chose to resign because she could not cope with her responsibilities.”

Mncwango expressed confidence in retaining the ward.

“We have put in a good candidate. He is young and energetic. This is a diverse ward and we believe he will be able to continue where the previous councillor left off.

“We had a good campaign and now it is up to the voters to chose the right person,” he said.

With voters turning out in their hundreds in ward 33 yesterday, IEC regional supervisor Khulekani Mdadane said all voting stations had opened on time.

“About 1 500 out of the close to 10 000 voters had already cast their vote at 2 pm. Because it is not a public holiday, we are hoping to get more people in the evening before we close voting at 9 pm [on Wednesday].

“Yon Tuesday we had special votes. We managed to get 50% [of those who were registered as special voters] of the voters,” he said.

Jika Joe informal settlement voter Nosipho Khumalo, who cast her vote at Shri Vishnu Primary School, said she hoped the settlement would get proper housing.

“We also need jobs. Most of us do have qualifications but it is difficult to get job opportunities. They must stop nepotism when there are jobs available in Msunduzi,” she said.

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