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President Zuma campaigns in Nquthu Municipality

Sunday 21 May 2017 12:16

Ntebo Mokobo

People of Nquthu will have another opportunity to cast their votes on May 24 after the municipal council was dissolved early this year(SABC)

President Jacob Zuma will lead the ANC campaign in the Nquthu Municipality, northern KwaZulu-Natal, on Sunday. The hung council is of critical political importance as it could swing the balance of power in the Umzinyathi District Municipality.

The ANC is not leaving anything to chance. Since last month, at least four ANC top six officials have been deployed in the municipality to drum up support ahead of the May 24 municipal by-elections.

People of Nquthu will have another opportunity to cast their votes on May 24 after the municipal council was dissolved early this year after the council could not sit to elect office bearers.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa campaigned in the area and stressed the importance of local government, saying it is a sphere of government where service delivery takes place. He led the African National Congress's (ANC) campaign trail in the area.

Ramaphosa was in Nquthu last week leading the campaign in the area joined by Secretary General Gwede Mantashe‚ National Chairperson Baleka Mbete and Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize.

This is the only municipality in the province that has been unable to elect a mayor since August 2016 local elections. Today President Zuma will address the Siyanqoba Rally to wrap up the ANC campaign.

Political parties have deployed their big guns in wrapping up their intensive election campaigns in Nquthu. They are out in their numbers in various corners of Nquthu, ahead of Wednesday's municipal by-elections.

The ANC, IFP, EFF and NFP are to have their rallies in different areas of Nquthu.  

Stakes are high as 17 of Nquthu's municipality wards are up for grabs. The municipality was dissolved after it failed to elect executive office bearers in several occasions after last year's local government elections in August.

Police are out in their nunbers to monitor the proceedings. The NFP is to be addressed by its KwaZulu-Natal Chairperson - Vikizitha Mlotshwa - in Maduladula area of Nquthu.

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