The Umuziwabantu Municipality’s Ward 1 candidate, Bongani Skhosana; Newcastle’s Thembi Mbongo (Ward 6) and Ladysmith’s Khanyisile Ngobese-Sibisi (Ward 20) all emerged victorious in their respective wards.
The three ANC candidates were murdered in their homes in KwaZulu-Natal, weeks before the municipal election.
Their replacement failed to pull through as stated earlier by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC); which maintained the commission won’t be able to beat the clock if it moves to replace the murdered candidates.
With this victory, the IEC says it will now initiate replacement process for the three by conducting by-election in their respective wards.
Reacting to the ‘dead’ candidates’ victory, ANC Emalahleni (Newcastle) regional secretary, Ntokozo Mhlungu, said Mbongo deserved victory because “We made an entire dedication for her – in her respect. In her honour, we made sure people went out to vote and cleared any confusion they may have had.”
Mhlungu asserted that the party won’t take hasty decision in getting her replaced because it will be inhumane to do so.
“The entire focus was for us to secure the victory of that ward and other wards. There were mixed emotions. Comrades were so happy, some were even crying. It was so hurtful that she was not with us to celebrate the victory,” he added.
Khethukuthula, a brother to Umuziwabantu Municipality’s Ward 1 candidate, likened his brother’s death to a bitter-sweet victory. He however expressed happiness that Bongani’s death was not in vain though his family is “emotional” about his victory.
ANC KwaZulu-Natal recorded 14 politically motivated deaths in the run-up to this week’s local government elections. ANC ward Councillor candidates; Khanyisile Ngobese-Sibisi and Bongani Skhosana were shot hours apart in Ladysmith and Umziwabantu municipality’ respectively.
Newcastle’s Thembi Mbongo, was assassinated on a Saturday by two unknown men at her home around 19:00. She died at the scene.
She was killed hours before the ANC KZN regional branch’s meeting scheduled to hold on Sunday morning.