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IEC concerned about politically motivated attacks in KZN

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in KwaZulu-Natal is to meet political parties over the violence and politically-motivated attacks in the province.

At least five candidates have been killed. Thembi Mbongo was to stand as the African National Congress (ANC) candidate in the August poll.

It was less than four weeks before the election when she was gunned down in her home.

However, her death does not mean her name is out of the running, Mbongo will contest posthumously.

According to the IEC all candidates lists have been finalised and published and will not change under any circumstances.

Mawethu Mosery KZN Provincial Electoral Officer says: “If she wins the ward posthumously that ward will have a vacancy which will be filled through by-election. The process will continue as if she is still alive and still a candidate “.

The IEC has again raised concerns about violent acts. “In our engagements with various political parties, we will talk strongly on matters of protecting lives during this election period. We are less than 30 days to the third of August; it’s not worth the loss of lives”.

At least 11 people have been killed in KwaZulu-Natal mostly ANC members, in what is believed to be politically-motivated incidents, four of whom were candidates for councillors in their parties.

Meanwhile 28 National Freedom Party (NFP) members have been arrested for protests in Ulundi. They are demanding that the party be allowed to contest the elections.

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