Tragedy struck the camp of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) on Wednesday afternoon when three Councillor candidates in the party met their untimely death in an auto crash.
The three Councillor candidates, who are from Lukhanji Local Municipality died on the N6 near Queenstown while travelling from a campaign in Lady Frere.
United Democratic Movement (UDM) Confirms The Deaths
The tragic news was confirmed on Wednesday by UDM provincial spokesman Mandla Gogo at 3pm.
Gogo described the painful demise of the three men as catastrophic and a double blow for the party.
“As the party we are shocked by this news. The provincial office as well as the national office is under a dark cloud. I have personally spoken to the president of the UDM‚ General Bantu Holomisa‚ who has also expressed his deepest condolences to the families”‚ he added.
The party also lamented that it has lost fitting candidates and colleagues for the forthcoming elections.
Meanwhile, United Democratic Movement MPL Thando Mpulu is set to visit the families today.
Weeks ago, the ruling party, African National Congress (ANC) also lost Mangaung Deputy Executive, Mayor Connie Rampai to a car accident.
Comrade Rampai died in a car accident on a Saturday morning after her vehicle collided head-on with a heavy goods truck.
Spokesperson for Trauma Response Africa Stanley Schimper, said the crash occurred on the N1 between Verkeerdevlei and Winburg.
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Confirming the incidence also, the ANC in the Free State said Rampai died while driving back to Bloemfontein from the African National Congress (ANC)’s provincial executive committee meeting in Johannesburg.
“Comrade Connie has been a committed member of the ANC whose life was defined by [her] continued activism and [her] work amongst the many communities,” said spokesperson Thabo Meeko.