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DA announces NFP’s Sophie Buthelezi as its mayoral candidate

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal has announced that current National Freedom Party (NFP) councillor Sophie Buthelezi will be its mayoral candidate at Nkandla in the north of the province – the seat of President Jacob Zuma’s controversial private home in the coming local government election.

 

The DA on Wednesday released the names of another four of its 10 confidential candidates that were initially withheld from the public when nominations closed.

The other three names announced are Umhlatuze Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) councillor Chris Botha, Emnambithi Minority Front councillor Raj Maharaj and retired Umgungundlovu senior official, Elliot Xaba.

The DA currently has no seats in the Nkandla municipality. Buthelezi is upbeat about the party’s prospects.

“All the people of Nkandla are suffering, having no jobs, nothing, and no food. But they see the cattle of Mr Zuma sleeping in a nice place, when the people of Nkandla are sleeping outside.”

KwaZulu-Natal DA leader Zwakele Mncwango says the party will be campaigning aggressively in the province’s rural areas for the municipal elections in August.

Mncwango says even though the party has no seats in Nkandla, they have been setting up branches in the area.

“So Nkandla is one of the municipalities where we do not have a councillor. But we strongly believe that things have changed now. We as a party we have a strategy to aggressively go to these communities. So we strongly believe that we can really align politics in KZN to actually accommodate a space for us to take over these municipalities. I know it might look like a dream, but I tell you it can come true.”

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