JOHANNESBURG, May 23 – By-elections are going ahead on Wednesday in Ward 4 in the Mtubatuba Local Municipality, North of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province.
On Tuesday afternoon, the African National Congress (ANC) legal team applied for an interdict to stop the by-election, however, the Durban High Court ruled against it.
The ANC had alleged that there were more than 200 people on the voters roll “from the nearby ward … others with addresses that could not be verified”.
After the ruling, ANC KZN provincial task team coordinator, Sihle Zikalala, said: “As the ANC, we believe that the people of Ward 4 must be allowed to exercise their rights and vote for the candidate of their choice in a free and fair election.
“It is for these reasons that the ANC requested, formally, the IEC to postpone the by-election in order to ensure that the democratic rights of the people of Ward 4 are protected.
“Though the by-election will continue tomorrow, we have resolved to launch an objection in order to ensure that the illegal interference with the voting process does not become a permanent feature of our democracy.”
By-elections in the IPF controlled Ward 4 will go ahead as scheduled on Wednesday.