- Former president Jacob Zuma embarked on a very personal door to door election campaign in Nkandla’s ward 7 by-election
- The ANC is trying to gain control of the ward from the IFP
- Zuma charmed hundreds of ANC supporters and urged them to vote for the ANC’s candidate on Wednesday
Former president Jacob Zuma kept true to his word when he embarked on a door to door charm offensive in his home region of Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal. Zuma’s return to the campaign trail was aimed at drumming up support for the ANC’s candidate in Nkandla’s ward 7 by-election.
The ANC’s Bahle Sibiya is hoping to wrest control of the ward from the IFP. The ward became vacant when IFP councillor Mphumzeni Mthombeni passed away earlier this year.
Zuma charmed hundreds of ANC supporters in the voting district of Emangidini and urged those who live in the area to vote for Sibiya during Wednesday’s by-election.
Briefly.co.za gathered that locals greeted Zuma with song and dance and were by all accounts very happy to meet with the former president.
ANC Musa Dladla regional secretary, Tholi Gwala said: "People were very happy to see him going about and humbly campaigning for his party. He is a selfless leader. His intervention has reinvented our hope that the ANC will win this ward.
Gwala added that residents in the area had grown tired of waiting for the IFP to deliver on its promises and wanted the ANC to take back power in the region which they believe will lead to development.
Zuma echoed these sentiments and told residents the area could only develop to its full potential if the ANC managed to take control from the IFP.
Gwala said: "We fought a very difficult, but diligent campaign and we are certain of victory. We want to deliver our people from the slavery of the IFP. We expect leaders like Zuma to continue galvanising support for us in various voting stations, even on the voting day."
The ANC said Zuma would visit other voting districts in ward 7 to continue drumming up support for Sibiya.
Meanwhile, the IFP in a sign that it did not take the threat from the ANC lightly, held a rally which was addressed by party leader Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
Buthelezi said: "The coming by-election intends to fill the vacancy left by councillor Mthombeni, and there is undoubtedly no one better to fill that vacancy than Mr Nkosinathi Skhumbuzo Khumalo. The IFP has chosen Mr Khumalo to stand for election because we believe that he is the right person to take up the good work that has been done here, and run with it."
The results of the by-election are expected to be declared by the IEC on Thursday morning.
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