It was a sorry sight at Inchanga, west of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, when AU Commission chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma visited Sqophumlando Secondary School in Ward 4 for supervision.
Dlamini-Zuma who doubles as ANC National Executive Chairperson was brought low by a group of people donning SACP T-shirts.
The SACP and the ANC in ward 4 have been at loggerheads after Phillip Dlamini, 68, was murdered on January 23.
The five men, two of whom are ANC office bearers were accused of gunning down Phillip Dlamini, after violence erupted at SACP meeting held on January 23 at the Kandokweni sports ground in Fredville in Inchanga.
She had monitored six voting districts in both eThekwini and KwaDukuza before she was humbled and demeaned by perceived rivals in Ichanga.
As though they were earnestly waiting for her arrival, Dlamini-Zuma’s perceived foes bounced hard on her; booing, jeering and heckling at her; even before she alighted from her white BMW 7-series car.
At this point, the Presidential Protection Unit police crew who toured with her towered her over to the next voting station at Michael Gwala Community Hall.
Prior to her premature exit, presidential-hopeful Dlamini-Zuma described the atmosphere in Inchanga as “vibrant“.
“I must say that people should be allowed to vote for whoever they want and be able to choose their candidates without any problems.
What is important though is that things are going smooth even with longer and slower queues‚ but the competition is good.”
She was accompanied by the outgoing councillor and REC member Boy Shozi.
In Inchanga, Ward 4 is heavily contested by the African National Congress (ANC)‚ which has Khanyisile Gumede as its candidate. Though some community members said they prefer veteran Councillor and taxi boss Boy Shozi to Gumede but the ANC won’t listen to them.