By-elections to go ahead in Mtubatuba, KZN

Sihle Zikalala. Picture: Muzi Zincume

Sihle Zikalala. Picture: Muzi Zincume

The by-election will go ahead after the Durban High Court on Tuesday ruled against an ANC interdict to have it stopped.

By-elections are going ahead on Wednesday in ward 4 in the Mtubatuba Local Municipality, north of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province.

On Tuesday afternoon, the African National Congress (ANC) legal team applied for an interdict to stop the by-election, however, the Durban High Court ruled against it.

The ANC had alleged there were more than 200 people on the voters’ roll “from the nearby ward … others with addresses that could not be verified”.

After the ruling, ANC KZN provincial task team coordinator Sihle Zikalala, said: “As the ANC, we believe that the people of Ward 4 must be allowed to exercise their rights and vote for the candidate of their choice in a free and fair election.

“It is for these reasons that the ANC requested, formally, the IEC to postpone the by-election in order to ensure that the democratic rights of the people of Ward 4 are protected.

“Though the by-election will continue tomorrow, we have resolved to launch an objection in order to ensure that the illegal interference with the voting process does not become a permanent feature of our democracy.”

By-elections in the IFP controlled ward 4 will go ahead as scheduled on Wednesday.

African News Agency (ANA)

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