With just few days to the much-anticipated local government elections; the Independent Electoral Commission, says all assassinated Councillor candidates will be fielded to contest elections on August 3.
This development could be a huge blow to candidates who might win in the wards where there have been killings of candidates as their electoral victories would now have to be subjected to a rerun.
Commission spokeswoman, Kate Bapela, announced that the commission is helpless at this time, and won’t be able to beat the clock if it moves to replace murdered candidates.
More so, the commission is not permitted by law to get the assassinated Councillor candidates replaced.
“There is no time to replace the deceased candidates before the elections which are scheduled for next week.
We will go with the candidates who were nominated. Just after the elections we will have to hold by-elections in all the affected wards,” Bapela said.
Number Of Assassinated Councillor Candidates Leaps Daily
A recent research found KwaZulu-Natal has been the crime scene of most of these politically-linked deaths; with 44 attacks and 48 deaths.
Earlier reports indicate that a total of 12 ANC candidates have died in the latest killings; four in Pietermaritzburg, two in Newcastle and the rest from other parts of the province.
The latest killings were the deaths of ANC ward Councillor candidates; Khanyisile Ngobese-Sibisi and Bongani Skhosana.
The duo were shot hours apart in Ladysmith and Umziwabantu municipality’ respectively.
Another shocking death is that of Nelson Mandela Bay councillor candidate, Nceba Dywili.
Dywili was just murdered hours ago on his way to drop an ANC volunteer after both participated in a rally that same day.
However, the IFP also had a devil of a time recently after two of its members were shot on Saturday.
According to the party, people wearing ANC t-shirts are allegedly responsible for the deaths.
Nevertheless, the national police minister Nathi Nhleko has established a special task team to investigate the killings in a bid to deal with the menace.