DA candidate for Ethekwini suddenly dropped from the contest claiming his father’s ghost requested him to do so.
The would-be councillor, Ayanda Ngubane from Newlands, east Durban, dumped his party at the the eleventh hour after ‘working out’ that his ancestor was showing his unhappiness at politics through his son.
According to report by Daily Sun, the DA candidate, Ngubane chose to quit his political ambition with the Democratic Alliance on Saturday after his two-year old son wouldn’t stop scratching at his election poster that he had mounted on the wall. Report also had it that Ngubane’s son would wake up in the morning and “angrily” start to scratch it, aiming for the eyes.
The councillor candidate 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. Ngubane deduced that this was a sign that his late father, Dumisani Ngubane, was not happy with him.
Ngubane’s sudden withdrawal from the party came as a shock to the party members especially as the local government elections is just few days to go. He has been spotted on the campaign trails especially in Clare Estate with party leader Mmusi Maimane
Mr Dumisani Ngubane died in an accident in 2013 but before his death, he despised politics, this is according to his son who linked it to his several misfortunes throughout his political career.
“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.”
The party, though astonished by Ngubane’s decision, had no other options but to let him go. 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.
The IEC in KZN has however 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, the DA candidate, Ngubane was to contest Ward 37 in Ethekwini.