A DA councillor candidate contesting Wednesday’s local government elections has reportedly dumped his party after apparently feeling guilty for going into politics against his dead father’s wishes, reports Daily Sun.
Ayanda Ngubane from Newlands, east Durban, quit the DA and politics on Saturday, on the eve of the elections, much to the astonishment of his party, after his two-year old son wouldn’t stop scratching at his election poster that he had mounted on the wall. The tabloid reported that Ngubane’s son would wake up in the morning and “angrily” start to scratch it, aiming for the eyes.
The councillor candidate, who’s been spotted on the campaign trail in Clare Estate with party leader Mmusi Maimane said his son Sabelo would begin to cry when rebuked by him, saying his dead grandfather would hit him if he stopped scratching the posters. Ayanda deduced that this was a sign that his late father, Dumisani Ngubane, was angry with him.
Ayanda’s father died in an accident in 2013 and despised politics, according to his son. This apparently created a lot of bad luck for him throughout his political career, he explained.
“I would often clash with party leaders and, at some point, felt they were neglecting me. They even refused to equip me properly to campaign for the elections,” he said.
“My father was a traditional man who always advised me to stay away from politics but I didn’t listen … he lived in Lindelani squatter camp for a long time, where some of his family members were killed in a political fight. I have since removed all the DA posters.”
DA KZN leader Zwakele Mncwango reportedly wished Ngubane well on his future plans. He said the party treated all its candidates well and had no acrimony towards his decision.
Speaking in Soweto over the weekend during a door-to-door campaign, President Jacob Zuma told voters they would be punished by their ancestors and have bad luck all their lives should they vote for other parties.
The IEC in KZN has confirmed that the DA would need to run with the councillor who resigned and a by-election would be held should the DA win in the absence of an active candidate. According to the IEC’s website, Ngubane was to contest Ward 37 in Ethekwini.